Deaflympic players return, lead Gallaudet to 3-1 record in Lynchburg-Sweet Briar tournament
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Gallaudet University volleyball program welcomed back head coach Lynn Ray Boren along with four key players from the 2009 Deaflympics as the Bison posted a 3-1 record at the Lynchburg-Sweet Briar tournament held here over the weekend. The three wins are the first for the Bison (3-5) this year.
Gallaudet picked up victories over Roanoke College, Sweet Briar College and Randolph College. On Sunday, the Buff and Blue swept Sweet Briar and Randolph with 3-0 shutouts. GU took the first match against Sweet Briar, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-10 followed by a 25-18, 25-18, 25-14 win over Randolph. The day before the Bison rallied past Roanoke 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 to earn the tough 3-1 victory. Lynchburg got the best of Gallaudet in straight sets, 21-25, 18-25, 11-25.
Boren and his four Deaflympic players helped the United States of America win a silver medal in the 2009 Deaflympics held in Taipei last week. The return of seniors Justine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.), Amanda Krieger (Carmel, Ind.), Shana Lehmann (Frederick, Md.) and sophomore Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) were a huge difference for the Bison.
On Saturday, Johnson had 28 assists against Roanoke and 24 in the loss to Lynchburg. Jeter posted 12 kills against Roanoke and seven against the Hornets. Lehmann made 18 digs against Roanoke and 11 against Lynchburg. Krieger added six kills in the loss to Lynchburg. Freshman Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) added eight kills against Roanoke and seven against the Hornets.
On Sunday, the quartet was back at it again as Jeter had eight kills against Sweet Briar and 10 against Randolph while Krieger added 11 and nine, respectively. Lehmann came up with eight digs in the first match followed by 10 in the second. Johnson added 23 assists and 34 assists against Sweet Briar and Randolph, respectively.
For the weekend, Johnson had 109 assists, Lehmann made 47 digs and Jeter and Krieger knocked home 37 and 31 kills, respectively.
Gallaudet will make its home debut on Thursday, September 24, in the Field House against Marymount (Va.) University. The Capital Athletic Conference match will begin at 7 p.m.