The Muhlenberg volleyball team sprinted to an 8-2 start, including
winning the Buttermaker Tournament and finishing second at Moravians
Greyhound Premiere Invitational. However, the Mules could not keep the
pace going and struggled on long trips to Boston and Texas, finishing the
season 12-16 overall and 4-6 in the Centennial Conference.
Lauro was named Centennial Conference player of the
week after winning her second straight Buttermaker Tournament MVP.
The highlight of the season was Muhlenbergs perfect run through
the Buttermaker Tournament. The Mules went 4-0 without dropping a game,
including a victory over Penn State-Altoona in the championship match. The
Lions joined Dickinson and Albright as teams Muhlenberg beat twice in the
opening month of the season.
Muhlenberg fought hard against some of the elite in Division III, winning
a game from five teams that made the NCAAs. The Mules faced Colby and
Tufts at the MIT Invitational, participated in separate tri-matches with
Southwestern (Texas) and Vassar (at Swarthmore), and traveled to
conference-rival Gettysburg, dropping each one 3-1.
The Mules featured three seniors who completed their four-year journey up
the schools statistical categories. Senior outside hitter Julie
became just the third Mule in any sport voted to the All-Centennial
Conference first team four times. Already holding the schools kills
record, she moved up the conference kills ladder, finishing second
all-time with 1,793. In 2005, Lauro was second on the team in hitting
percentage and digs, third in aces and fourth in blocks.
Weist led the team in digs 15 times during the season
and finished seventh in the CC in digs per game. She also had a team-high
Senior libero Jen Weist led the team with 405 digs, making her the
all-time leader with 1,385, just ahead of Lauros 1,326. Senior setter
Mary Henning moved into second in school history and 17th in CC
with 2,360 assists.
Despite the three seniors and their statistics graduating, the Mules, who
went 8-3 at home, are optimistic about the young talent that gained
experience in 2005. Junior middle hitter Kate Haggerty and
outside hitter Jess Anselmi finished second and third in kills per
Junior middle hitter Monica Sella was among the top blockers in the
and freshman setter Megan Eiser led the team and was ninth in the