The 2008 Muhlenberg volleyball season started out exactly the way the last three had, but then things went a little differently – and that was a good thing.
For the fourth year in a row, the Mules opened up by winning their pool at
Moravian’s Greyhound Premiere Invitational. And this time they kept winning, avoiding the long skids that had resulted in under-.500 records every year since 2002.
In addition to ranking third in assists, Eiser was 11th in digs (963) and service aces (110) and 14th in blocks (129) on Muhlenberg’s all-time lists.
Muhlenberg finished the year with a record of 17-10 – its most wins since 2001; its fewest losses since 1998. Although the Mules missed out on a Centennial Conference playoff berth, they were in contention on the last day of the regular season.
At Moravian’s tournament, the Mules lost their first match in the Championship Bracket to Richard Stockton, a team that would go on to the NCAA Tournament, but came back to earn the runner-up trophy by defeating Moravian for the first time since 2000. The 3-0 sweep was their first win on the Greyhounds’ home court since 1982.
Muhlenberg returned home to finish second at the Buttermaker Tournament the following weekend, again falling
to an eventual NCAA invitee (Stevens) after scoring a 3-2 win against a York squad that was coming off a 30-win season.
The Mules continued their strong play with a 3-0 sweep of DeSales – their first win against their other local rivals since 2000. They opened up CC play with an impressive 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-8) sweep at McDaniel, the 2007 CC runner-up.
Muhlenberg dropped its next three CC matches, however, with the loss at Dickinson proving to be the
one that kept the team out of the playoffs.
Losonci totaled 716 digs (14th best in team history) in her three-year career.
The Mules’ best chance to make up for the Dickinson loss came in their home finale against Franklin & Marshall, but they lost in three close sets.
Leading the team on the court was senior setter Megan Eiser, who earned All-CC
honorable mention and a spot on two all-tournament teams. She was seventh in the CC in assists per set (7.98) and graduated with the third-most assists in team history (2,229).
Junior hitter Phylicia Lee was a second-team All-CC selection after leading the Mules and ranking ninth in the CC in kills per set (2.91). She also was ninth in the CC in service aces, averaging 0.40 a set.
Freshman middle Davi Gordon gave Muhlenberg a program-record-tying three All-CC picks. The honorable mention selection was third in the conference in blocks at 0.78 per set and averaged 1.54 kills per set.
Gordon was one of two outstanding new middles the Mules showcased in 2008. The other, Jackie Price, was fifth in the CC in blocks (0.73 per set) and was named CC player of the week after hitting .688 in the sweep of McDaniel.
Juniors Liz Dean and Brittany Williams were second and third, respectively, on the team in kills, while Williams was second in digs. Junior libero Christina Cangelosi was sixth in the CC in digs per set (3.79), and senior Danielle Losonci ended her career by averaging 2.62 digs.