Written by Austin Anderson. Media by Morgan Johnson.
The Lady Panthers’ post season aspirations were thwarted by Principia on November 9th. Principia was able to upset Greenville in the semi-finals of the conference tournament (at Greenville). The loss was unexpected for the higher ranked Panthers, but post season play is always unpredictable in college sports. However, Greenville’s record and statistics this season were far too impressive not to take away some positives from the last few months.
Leading the charge in kills this season, Corinne Coon dished out an impressive 389. She was followed closely by junior standout, Nicole Schaeffer, who contributed 287 kills, and junior, Joelle Scholten, who filled the third highest spot on the team with 171 kills.
The assists category was significantly topped by one Greenville gal, Junior, Ellen Lueking. Lueking delivered an impressive 1,024 assists this season. Lueking was a key element to Greenville’s successful record this year, and led the team in assists by a margin of nearly 1,000. Lueking will return next year for her senior season, and will be a vital element for Greenville’s success.
Much like assists, Dig statistics were captured by one top contender: Jamie Schollenbruch. Schollenbruch gathered 545 digs overall this season. Her endless hustle was always an amazing spectacle this year. Fortunately, Schollenbruch is a sophomore, and still has two more years to clock in for Greenville.
Corinne Coon finished her college volleyball career with tremendous statistics. Along with commendable kill statistics, Coon also was responsible for the most overall points this season with 451. Coon was followed by Nicole Schaeffer and Sierah Ruffner. Schaeffer ended with 326.5 points, and Ruffner with 218.5. The wonderful news is that Ruffner is only freshman for the Panthers, and Schaeffer is a junior with three years of varsity experience. Although the Panthers will be saying goodbye to a good sum of senior talent, returners like Ruffner and Schaeffer will find a way to fill the holes.
Greenville’s overall record this year was 24-7, and the Panthers went 17 and 1 in conference play. The Panthers have a ton of talent returning next year, and it will be exciting to see Greenville capitalize next season with their experienced players. There is no doubt that the Lady Panthers will rally together next year for another action filled season.