2000 Season Preview

The women's volleyball team enters 2000 with all six starters and 11 of its 13 players from a year ago. The club hopes its talent and maturity will help it to improve upon its 24-16 record in 1999.

"I expect us to have our best season in school history," said eighth-year Coach Nagy Abdelrazek, who led CUA to the conference championship game last year. "This team plays very well together and can take us to the next level. Our goals are to win the CAC and play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

"And I think that if we do get into the NCAA playoffs, we can advance beyond the first round."

The Cardinals are led offensively by junior outside hitters Liz Carden and Mary Ellen Ryan and sophomore setter Bridget Guetle. Carden paced the club in kills (455) and kills per game (3.53). Ryan led the team in service aces per game (.482) and digs per game (3.91) and was second in kills (359) and kills per game (3.21). Guetle paced CUA in assists per game (9.60) and service aces (58) and was third in digs per game (3.77). Her 1,392 assists played a key role in the Cardinals' offensive resurgence last season.

Juniors Kelly Kings and Mary McHale and sophomore Elizabeth Schreiner are strong defensive players that helped CUA lead the CAC in digs per game (21.83) and blocks per game (4.48). Schreiner topped all league players in blocks per game with 2.40, while Kings was second on the team with 1.48 and McHale third with 1.24.

"Last year we led the conference in digs and blocks," Abdelrazek said. "This year I think we can add kills and assists per game. With hard work and team play, we can be one of the top offensive and defensive teams in the league."

Senior Amanda Kinnon, junior Alexis Rollert and sophomores Tarrah Beebe, Katie Acuff and Amanda Cook round out the Cards' returnees. Incoming freshmen include Anji Wall and Kathleen McGlynn.

The schedule includes traditional conference rivals Gallaudet, Marymount and Salisbury State, and nonconference matches against Christopher Newport, Neumann, Rowan and Randolph-Macon. The Cardinals also play in-season tournaments at Franklin & Marshall, Washington & Lee, Salisbury State, Lycoming, Gallaudet and Messiah, and will host the second CUA Invitational.