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Emmanuel’s Women’s Volleyball team (10-15) didn’t get off to the start they hoped, but have managed to come back in recent weeks, especially against their GNAC competition. Sophomore Mary Shelow has been front and center of the team’s transition.
The Miami native started playing when she was in eighth grade. She began as a middle, then moved to outside right and is now back to playing middle for Emmanuel.
— EC Saints (@ECSaints) September 25, 2016
“My mom played volleyball when she was in high school and she tried to push me to play and I never really wanted to and then my best friend,” said Shelow. “She and her whole family played volleyball and I wanted to do it too. I started because of her.”
The team started 0-8 but has begun to see more success recently and Shelow had an explanation for the team’s recent shift. They have begun to play for each other rather than just for themselves.
“Our team is a very young team, and when we first started playing we didn’t really know how to play with each other and as the games kept coming on, we figured out what works best and who works best with each other,” said Shelow.
Shelow spoke highly of her captains and coaches who have showed her how serious the whole team is about this sport, especially in comparison to her high school experience.
“My captains now are more on top of things…I’ve realized that I have to play, I have to step up,” said Shelow. “No matter where [the coach] plays me. I have to do my best.”
So far this season, Shelow has done what she set out to do. She currently leads her team with 242 kills and a 2.72 K/S. Senior Kaitlyn Atkinson with 150 kills and Freshman Cassie Chruscielski with a 1.74 K/S are the next two behind Shelow statistically in those areas.
— EC Saints (@ECSaints) October 8, 2016
The Saints, who are now 6-2 in their conference, have seven more games to finish out the month of October. While they have fallen below .500 this past week, there’s time for them to make more improvements.
The workload only gets heavier as five of those last seven games are all back-to-back between October 18 and October 22. Shelow stated that she is looking forward to the GNAC games that are left, winning, and moving forward from there.
The Saints will return home on October 29 for two matches against River University at noon and St. Joseph’s College at 4 PM.
Merisa Boyd is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at email@example.com and on Twitter at @merisafaith.