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Playing in their final college match, senior Julie Lauro recorded a kill from classmate Mary Henning for the final point in a 3-1 Muhlenberg victory over Washington.

It was a fitting end as Lauro graduates as Muhlenberg all-time kills leader with 1,793,
Mary Henning
Henning finished her career with 122 aces, eighth on the Mule all-time list.
while Henning finishes second in school history with 2,355 assists.

This was the final match for the three Mule seniors, including Jen Weist who had 19 digs, giving her 1,385 for her career, the most in school history. Lauro sits in second with 1,326.

Muhlenberg (12-16, 4-6) collected 17 kills to just one error in winning the first game over Washington (10-17, 2-8). Sophomore Jess Anselmi had five of her 15 kills in that game.

Despite another good hitting percentage game (11 kills, two errors), the Mules fell in the second game. But they rebounded in the third and took an early 12-4 lead. The Shorewomen continued to attack, but Muhlenberg held them off. Junior Kate Haggerty had three of her team-high five aces in the third game. She also managed 14 kills for the second consecutive match, tying her career high.

“It was a very emotional match,” said Lauro. “We had some high points and some low points early on, but we got it together. We got over the emotions and buckled down and played the physical game we knew we could. They gave us a lot of free balls and we took advantage.”

The fourth game was as close as they come with the score tied as late as 28-28 as Muhlenberg had to overcome an early 12-7 deficit. Anselmi, who had five kills in the fourth game, gave the Mules a 29-28 advantage before Lauro’s kill put an exclamation mark on the season.

“At first I was relieved that we won the match,” said Henning. “Then I realized it was my last one and it made me sad. It was definitely a fitting end for us seniors.”

The Mules finished the match with a .297 hitting percentage, one of their highest of the year. They also added 13 aces, including three by sophomore Megan Young. Junior Monica Sella collected five of her team-high six blocks in the final two games.

“It was really nice to see Julie get that last kill,” said Haggerty. “We really played for each other tonight. It puts a good note on the end of the season.”

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Last updated October 28, 2005