2017 Siena Heights Women's Volleyball Season Outlook

2017 Siena Heights Women's Volleyball Season Outlook

The Siena Heights women's volleyball team is set to kickoff it's 2017 season on Thursday, August 17 when they host Keiser in a non-conference contest beginning at 7 p.m. The Saints are coming off a 21-12 overall record and an 8-8 Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference record. SHU finished last season after falling to the third seed, Cornerstone in the WHAC Tournament quarterfinals.

In the WHAC preseason standings, the Saints fall into the fourth spot behind Cornerstone, Lourdes and Madonna, respectively. Lourdes was the Conference Tournament champion in the 2016 season, defeating Cornerstone, 3-1, in the finals.

Coach Berrington expects the Saints to continue their strong defensive play and serving. When asked what their keys to the season would be, Berrington stated, "two focuses we've had the last couple years have been being a good serving team and a being a good defensive team, and those two just require hard work and technique." She really expects her team to focus on increasing it's attack percentage and earning more kills this season.

Siena Heights returns a strong squad led by Seniors Amanda Metz and Libby Breton, and sophomore Paige Hudgin. Coach Berrington expects steady and productive play from this core group every night along with their leadership in driving the Saints' forward.

Amanda Metz a setter from Otsego, Michigan, led the Saints averaging 8.64 assists per set and total aces with 39, as a junior. Metz was named to the All-Conference second team last season.

Libby Breton will also return for SHU who had team highs in total blocks with 101, and blocks per set with .86. She also helped the Saints on offense averaging 1.88 kills per set. Last season, Breton was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, and the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second team.

The reigning NAIA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year, WHAC Newcomer of the Year and only freshman to be named to the First-Team All-WHAC, Paige Hudgin will take the floor for Siena Heights in 2017 for her sophomore season. In 2016, Hudgin led SHU with 409 total kills, averaging a team high 3.44 per set.

With it's depth being a strong point for Siena Heights, other returning players, Gabrielle Kalugar and Abby Whitehead, along with others, are slated to make an impact on the court for the Saints as they look to be a strong contender in the WHAC.
Rank Institution
(1st Place Votes)
1 Cornerstone (7) 15-1 136
2 Lourdes (5)  15-1 133
3 Madonna  14-2 126
4 Siena Heights   8-8   98
5 Indiana Tech 11-5   91
6 Aquinas   7-9   84
7t Lawrence Tech   8-8   69
7t UNOH  5-11   69
9 Concordia   3-13   46
10 Rochester     ---   35
11 UM-Dearborn  2-14   34
12 Marygrove  0-13   15