The Muhlenberg volleyball team experienced some wonderful highlights the first two weeks of the 2007 season. Unfortunately, the rest of the year was not as memorable.
Anselmi, who was selected to the Academic All-District third team, reached double digits in kills in 16 of the 30 matches, with a high of 20 against both
Washington and Swarthmore.
The Mules started off by sweeping Alvernia and SUNY Institute of Technology to win their pool at Moravian’s Greyhound Premiere Invitational. In their first home match of the season, they came back after dropping the first game to defeat Richard Stockton in five, winning the decisive game 16-14 by scoring the last three points.
Three days later in the Buttermaker Tournament, Muhlenberg again won by two points in a match that went the distance, rebounding from 30-20 and 30-17 losses to Susquehanna in Games 2 and 3 to win the last two games, 30-28 and 15-13.
That result left the Mules with a 5-2 record, including two inspired wins, eight days into the season. They were never able to recapture that magic, however, dropping their next eight matches and going on to finish with an 11-19 record.
Muhlenberg’s two seniors, hitter Jess Anselmi and libero Megan Young, spent the season
climbing the program’s career lists. Anselmi, who led the Mules in kills (305), finished eighth in team history with 747 kills. Young ended up second on the all-time digs chart with 1,342, as well as second in the Centennial Conference with 5.07 digs per game.
Young averaged 3.76 digs per game for her career, good for second on Muhlenberg’s all-time list.
Junior Megan Eiser emerged as Muhlenberg’s setter and had an outstanding all-around year, leading the team in assists and finishing second in blocks, third in digs, fourth in kills and fifth in aces. She was named to the all-tournament team both at Moravian and at the Buttermaker and was honored as CC player of the week after recording a triple-double (37 assists, 11 kills, 11 digs) in a four-game win against Delaware Valley.
A pair of sophomores had breakout years after playing sparingly as freshmen. Liz Dean was second on the team with 238 kills, and Amy Cohen led the Mules and ranked seventh in the CC in blocks per game (0.78). Sophomore Phylicia Lee served up a team-best 38 aces.
A 3-0 shutout of Emmanuel at the MIT Invitational gave head coach Jenny Warmack-Chipman her 100th career win.