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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104
 484-664-3232
 falk@muhlenberg.edu

Volleyball
2005 Season Review:

The Muhlenberg volleyball team sprinted to an 8-2 start, including
Julie Lauro
Lauro was named Centennial Conference player of the week after winning her second straight Buttermaker Tournament MVP.
winning the Buttermaker Tournament and finishing second at Moravian’s 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.

The highlight of the season was Muhlenberg’s 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 school’s statistical categories. Senior outside hitter Julie Lauro became just the third Mule in any sport voted to the All-Centennial Conference first team four times. Already holding the school’s kills record, she moved up the conference kill’s ladder, finishing second
Jen Weist
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 44 aces.
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.

Senior libero Jen Weist led the team with 405 digs, making her the Mules’ all-time leader with 1,385, just ahead of Lauro’s 1,326. Senior setter Mary Henning moved into second in school history and 17th in CC history 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 sophomore outside hitter Jess Anselmi finished second and third in kills per game. Junior middle hitter Monica Sella was among the top blockers in the conference, and freshman setter Megan Eiser led the team and was ninth in the CC in aces.

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