Cover photo credit: Jessica Diehl
Courtesy of SLIAC sports information
The Spalding University volleyball team was picked fourth in the SLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll receiving 56 total points.
The Golden Eagles finished 11-19 overall last season and 10-8 in the SLIAC. They return 11 players and 6 starters including Katelyn Cosgrove, who missed 2015 with an injury. Head Coach Bridget Yates will turn to seniors Jessica Diehl and Victoria Heitzman once again. The duo combined for over 600 kills last year with Diehl earning First Team All-Conference honors as a middle hitter and Heitzman picking up Third Team honors as an outside hitter. Erin Downs, a senior middle hitter, topped 200 kills and led the SLIAC in total blocks with 104. When Cosgrove last saw the court in 2014, she was coming off an All-Conference season as a setter. The Golden Eagles lost no players from last year and will add to the roster a group of seven freshmen that includes Morgan Berning, Maddie Rosendaul, and Michaela Walker.
*The Golden Eagles opened up the 2016 season on the road at Franklin College on September 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST.