Despite suffering from growing pains, the young Muhlenberg volleyball
team put up some big individual numbers in 2004. The Mules, made up of
three juniors, seven sophomores and three freshmen, went 11-14 overall and
5-5 in the
Centennial Conference, improving on their 3-7 CC record in 2003.
The first volleyball All-American in Muhlenberg
history, Lauro ranked 11th in Division III with her school-record average
of 4.99 kills per game. She is the third Mule with 1,000 kills and 1,000
Junior outside hitter Julie Lauro earned honorable mention on the
American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America team; she was also a
first-team all-region and All-CC selection. Lauro broke the school record
for kills in the second Swarthmore match when she surpassed Allison
Verduin (1996-99), whose previous mark was 1,336. Lauro ended the season
career kills and also recorded her 1,000th dig in the last match of the
Henning averaged 9.05 assists per game to rank fifth in
Junior setter Mary Henning picked up her 1,000th assist in the
Greyhound Premiere Classic when
Muhlenberg played Swarthmore early in the season. She ended the year with
career 1,681 assists, and the 769 she recorded in 2004 ranks fourth
all-time in a single season at Muhlenberg.
Junior libero Jen Weist finished the season just 20 digs shy of
recording the 1,000th of her career.
The team played very well in the Buttermaker Tournament early in the
season, as it won its pool and took the first two games from eventual
tournament champion FDU-Florham, but dropped the next three to lose the
match. The Mules had a strong showing at the Amherst Classic as well,
finishing in third place by defeating Middlebury, which ended the season
20-12, and Eastern Connecticut State.