The six freshmen and four sophomores who make up the entire Muhlenberg
volleyball team played like a young team in 2003, playing very
well at times and showing great potential, but struggling with
consistency en route to a 10-22 season.
Lauro ranks fourth on the Muhlenberg career kills list.
If she maintains the pace of her first two seasons, she could break the
career kill record as a junior.
The Mules were not far from a .500 record, losing seven matches that went
the maximum five games. Their biggest win was a five-game victory over
Franklin & Marshall, which entered with a 7-1 CC record. After beating the
Diplomats, the Mules defeated Washington to complete an afternoon sweep on
Muhlenberg also swept the first day of action in its Buttermaker
Tournament, defeating Neumann and Misericordia. The Mules set a school
record with 22 service aces in a season-opening win against Alvernia and
later broke that record with 24 in a victory over Bryn Mawr.
Sophomore Julie Lauro became the fourth player in Centennial Conference
history to earn first-team all-conference honors each of her first two
years. The outside hitter led the conference in kills and kills per game
and led the Mules in hitting percentage. She was second on the squad in
digs and third in aces and blocks.
Her 507 kills were the second-best season total in school history.
Weist was one of 26 Mule athletes named to the CC Fall
Academic Honor Roll.
Freshman Kate Haggerty earned All-CC honorable mention after finishing
seventh in the conference in aces per game and second on the Mules in
kills, hitting percentage and blocks. She was third on the squad in digs.
Haggerty was one of only two freshmen to receive All-CC honors.
Sophomore Jen Weist set a Muhlenberg season dig record with 538 and set a
school match record with 39 digs against McDaniel.
All 10 players saw significant playing time in 2003 and look ready to
build on that experience in the future.