Shepherd into WVIAC volleyball semifinals

November 10, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Shepherd University, the No. 5 seed entering the West Virginia Conference tournament, defeated 12th-seeded West Liberty 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 in the first round and fourth-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16 on Thursday.

Meg Kenny led the way with 13 kills and a .476 attack percentage for Shepherd (19-15) against West Liberty. Melani Lewis had 10 kills, Lauren Jeschelnik had 36 assists, Taylor Belella had 13 digs and Lauren Gardner and Kasey Mercier each added 11 digs.

Against Wesleyan, Mercier had 14 kills, Kenny had 12 kills and Gardner added 11 kills. Jeschelnik had 41 assists and eight digs, while Sara Michael and Belella had 11 digs each.

Shepherd will take on top-seed Wheeling Jesuit today at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.

Three Rams honored

Three Shepherd University players were named to the 2011 All-West Virginia Conference team.

Sophomore middle hitter Meg Kenny gained first-team honors, sophomore hitter Melani Lewis earned second-team accolades and junior outside hitter Lauren Gardner was an honorable mention selection.

Kenny leads the Rams in kills (249), kills per game (2.39) and attack percentage (.310).

Lewis paces Shepherd in blocks (89) and blocks per set (0.89). She has added 204 kills.

Gardner leads the team in digs (306) and digs per set (2.68). She has added 225 kills.


Seven Rams earn accolades

Shepherd University senior midfielder Brianna Hines earned first-team honors to lead seven Rams named to the 2011 All-West Virginia Conference team.

Freshman forward Kelsey J. Smith and sophomore defender Kelsey Eagan were named to the second team, while sophomore forward Morgan Gabriel, freshmen midfielders Kasey Canterbury and Lexi Vondrak, and freshman defender Kelsey N. Smith were honorable mention picks.

Hines, who previously earned second-team honors twice, tallied three goals and three assists for the Rams (8-8-2, 5-2-2).

Kelsey J. Smith led the Rams in scoring with seven goals and an assist for 15 points. Eagan, who had a goal and an assist on the season, helped anchor a Shepherd defense that recorded five shutouts.

Gabriel was second on the team in goals (six) and points (13). Canterbury had two assists this season, while Vondrak scored a goal and had a team-high four assists. Kelsey N. Smith, a North Hagerstown graduate, had two goals and an assist and was a key defender.

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