W&M Volleyball to Face VCU in the Season Finale
WILLIAMSBURG - The William and Mary volleyball team will brings its season to a close Friday afternoon, taking on VCU in Richmond at 4 p.m. The Tribe has won in Richmond each of the past two years, and with a victory, can give W&M four-straight seasons of 11+ wins for the first time since 1998-01.
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Scouting the Tribe
William and Mary is 10-15 overall and 4-9 in conference play after losing to Towson and Delaware last weekend. Erin Skipper (Yorktown, Va.) is averaging 2.71 kills per set to lead the Tribe, while Ginny Bray (Cary, N.C.) is close behind with 2.67 kills and 1.17 blocks per set. Freshman Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) ranks among the conference leaders with 3.71 digs per set and 0.35 aces per set.
Scouting the Rams
VCU recovered from a brutal non-conference schedule to stand 9-4 in the conference and 11-18 overall. Currently second in the CAA standings, VCU could be seeded as high as second in the tournament, or could be left out entirely. Mariel Frey leads the Rams with 2.65 kills per set, while Kelsie Clegg is averaging 1.20 blocks per set.
William and Mary and VCU met earlier this season in Williamsburg, with the Rams earning a 3-0 win to make the al-time series 40-33 in favor of the Tribe. The teams have split the regular season series each of the past two years, and in both seasons, W&M won the match in Richmond.
News and Notes
-Celine Alasomuka's 31 digs against Towson on Oct. 8th were the 15th-most in a single match in school history, and the second-most ever by a freshman. Kathleen Hawley '07 had 38 in a 3-2 win against VCU in 2003.
-With her first kill against Georgia State on October 23rd, Ginny Bray became the fifth player since 2001 to surpass 1,000 career points.
-W&M's win over Maryland was the first victory over the Terrapins since 1991. Head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton '91 is now 5-1 all-time against Maryland with the Tribe, going a perfect 4-0 as a player and now 1-1 as the coach. At Virginia, she was 12-14 against the Terrapins, to make her overall record in the series 17-15.
-The win over Maryland was also the 525th victory for the volleyball program since beginning Division I play in 1982-83.
-W&M's win over Hofstra on September 24th made the College the first team in CAA history to reach 150 conference victories.
-Five Tribe players earned all-tournament honors during the non-conference season, led by Lindsay Kresch's (Moon Township, Pa.) double-honors at the Colonial Challenge and Villanova Classic. Cassie Crumal (Castle Rock, Colo.) also earned all-tournament honors at the Villanova Classic, and Ginny Bray was selected to the Colonial Challenge team. Junior Anne Dorff (Kent, Ohio) earned the first award of her career at the Charlotte Invitational, and freshman Paulette Grand Pre (Laguna Beach, Calif.) was named to Tribe Invitational all-tournament team on the first weekend of the season.
-Lindsay Kresch collected 16 kills last weekend to raise her career total to 506 kills (including 19 from Northwestern).
-Erin Skipper continued her streak of playing every set for the Tribe this year, and surpassed the 400-sets played mark with her start against Towson. She currently ranks eighth all-time with 405 sets played in her career.
-Skipper will end her career Friday night as the first player in school history to lead her team in kills for four straight years. She enters the final match with 247 this season, 47 more than Bray.
-Celine Alasomuka provided 22 digs on the weekend to raise her season total to 330, the second-most ever by a W&M freshman. Tara Tobias '02 set the freshman record at 410 digs in 1998.