Five Blue Hens named to all-conference volleyball teams
NEWARK – On the eve of the Colonial Athletic Association volleyball playoffs, five members of the regular-season champion Delaware Blue Hens were named to all-conference teams Friday night at the volleyball banquet.
Senior setter Jess Chason, senior defensive specialist Greta Gibboney and senior attacker Katie Dennehy were named to the first team, while senior Paige Erickson and sophomore Alissa Alker made the third team.
Chason also was named the 2010 Setter of the Year, while Gibboney was the 2010 Defensive Specialist of the Year. Coach Bonnie Kenny earned Co-Coach of the Year honors after leading the Hens to a 24-5 record and the top seed in this weekend’s CAA championships, which will take place beginning Saturday. Delaware was 13-1 in the CAA.
Chason is the first Blue Hen and the third in conference history to be named Setter of the Year in consecutive seasons. She led the CAA in assists per game at 10.41, the only player in the conference in double digits.
Gibboney is the second UD player to be named Defensive Specialist of the Year. The other was All-American libero Stephanie Barry, who won in 2008. Gibboney is ninth in the country at 5.64 digs per set, the second-highest total in Blue Hens history. She is also one of the team’s best servers, with a success rate of .959.
Dennehy led the team with 3.30 kills per set, and she also had 217 digs and 52 blocks. She has been named to all-CAA teams in each of her four years in Newark. She was All-Rookie as a freshman, second team as a sophomnore, third team last year and first team this season.
Erickson led the team in blocks and blocks per set, placing second in the CAA in both categories. She is fourth on the team in kills per set but leads the starters with a .293 hitting percentage. Alker, who was All-Rookie as a freshman, is among the team leaders in several categories, including blocks and points per game.
The CAA tournament begins tomorrow at 5 p.m. when No. 2 James Madison takes on No. 3 Northeastern, followed by top seed Delaware vs. No. 4 Virginia Commonwealth. The final is Sunday at 5 p.m. All games will be in the Carpenter Sports Building.
Delaware men and women swimmers ranked
Delaware’s men placed ninth and the women 24th in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America/CollegeSwimming.com mid-major Division I swimming poll, released Thursday.
The men are 6-1 overall, 3-1 in the CAA. The women are 6-2, 3-2 CAA.
This weekend, both squads are in Piscataway, N.J., to take part in the Frank Elm Invitational, whuch started today and continue through Sunday. The Blue Hens will be accompanied by 15 other teams across the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. In addition to the host Rutgers, the Blue Hens will be swimming against Pittsburgh, Central Connecticut, Columbia, Fordham, La Salle, Sacred Heart, Wagner, the College of New Jersey, Bucknell and Saint Francis. Yale, Colgate, Boston University and Drexel will bring their diving squads to the competition.