The 2004 Converse College Volleyball team finished up their 2004 season with a 18-20 win-loss record. Throughout the season Converse battled a nationally ranked team, several regionally ranked teams, and even international play. This high-level play gave the All Stars quality playing experience that will raise their level for future seasons.
The season opened up with a strong showing at the Anderson tournament, going 3-2 on the weekend. Later on in the season, the team took important games against Tusculum (3-2), UNC Pembroke (3-1), Lander (3-1), Pfeiffer (3-1), and a double win while hosting a tri-match at Converse. (Central Alabama 3-0 and Livingstone 3-0)
The All Stars had a great experience while travelling to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October. Although they were not victorious in games, they learned a new playing style, and way of life while being down there.
The team will graduate Catherine Woodrum (Spartanburg, SC) this season. Playing outside hitter, Catherine will leave the team having contributed 217 kills, 31 service aces, 113 digs, and 40 total blocks on the season. Catherine has been a big part of the All Star’s success over her four year commitment. We wish you the best of luck in the future.
Junior Leslie Shain ( Juliet, IL) finished second on the team in total kills with 321, and was a close second in service aces with 51. She led the team in total digs with 408, and will be looked upon by the team to lead them in the upcoming season. Kara Cook (Clover, SC) added depth to the defense this season. She contributed 51 digs, averaging 1.89 digs per game. As seniors next season, these players will provide stability to the program.
Sophomores Lauren Mueller (Foley, AL), Brittney Ogez (Tulsa, OK), Michelle Sloan (Spartanburg, SC), and Sarah Javdan-Inalloo (Pickens, SC) were major contributors to the teams success. Mueller led the team in kills (447), aces (52), and total blocks. Brittney was the teams main setter, contributing 1197 assists on the season. Ogez also added 229 digs and 46 service aces. Sloan played a versatile role, playing both outside positions, adding 163 kills, 45 assists, 36 service aces and 377 digs. Javdan-Inalloo transitioned to the middle blocker position, contributing 281 kills 32 service aces,144 dids, and 70 total blocks. The team is expecting big things out of this class of athletes in the upcoming year.
The freshmen class saw major action this season. Player Monica Wallace (San Antonio, TX) played numerous roles this year, contributing 89 kills,32 service aces, and 279 digs. Audrey Jaccard (Knoxville, TN) played the back up setter role, as well as defensive specialist. She tallied 41 assists and 50 digs throughout the season. Baye Williamson ( Kingsport, TN) contributed great defensive skills with 384 digs on the season. Playing libero also allowed Baye to become a main serve-receive passer. Michelle Doyle (Johnson City, TN) battled back from limited time in preseason to add 15 digs and 9 kills. The future looks bright for these players, as they are constantly improving. Next season will bring strong competition, and a well experienced Converse Team to battle any team in the region.