April 9, 2003
Southampton College Men's Volleyball Poised for Playoffs
Colonials Remain Undefeated in the League
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The Southampton College men's volleyball team definitely has something to crow about. After struggling for the past two seasons, they are blossoming under the guidance of new coaches John Lenihan and Peter Wawrzyniak, both former players themselves. With a record of 8-0 for conference games, the Colonials have securely clinched a playoff berth.
Patient coaching has garnered results for this year's players, giving them a solid overall record of 15-8 after the team went 6-16 just a season ago. Despite past injuries, senior outside hitter Joe Daigler leads the team with 431 kills and 862 total attacks for the season. Setter Ionut Ghira, a sophomore this year, is best in assists and digs, with 946 and 102 respectively. Senior Scott Schult, covering the middle hitter position, had 46 successful blocks.
Lenihan and Wawrzyniak had some fundamental goals for the team. The Colonials are currently ranked number one in the Odneal Division, but Lenihan would like to elevate them back to the intermediate Hay Division, where they were last season, and eventually to the uppermost Tait Division. As a veteran star of the Colonials volleyball tradition, Lenihan hoped to restore the team to the status and camaraderie it enjoyed when he played. "In the past there was a winning tradition associated with the men's volleyball program at Southampton College," Lenihan said. "I want to get this program back to the way it was." It seems he has succeeded; 10 of their 23 games were 3-0 shutouts.