Wolfing leads hard-hitting Wash. & Lee

Junior has volleyball team in line for NCAA tourney



October 23, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Emily Wolfing thoroughly enjoys her role as the No. 1 option for the big-hitting Washington and Lee volleyball team, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

"I'm so lucky to have this opportunity for such a talented team," said the 5-foot-10 junior from South Carroll High. "I became an outside hitter last season after being a middle hitter my freshman year, and I'm used to the pressure that comes with the position."

There is also pressure in being a member of the team to beat in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

"We have the respect of all the teams in the league since we've been to the round of 32 [in the NCAA Division III tournament] two straight years," Wolfing said. "I think we can go farther this season because we have so much depth and talent."

Wolfing leads the team in kills per game (3.66), digs per game (3.97) and serve percentage (.949).

She was part of 32-8 and 30-5 teams her sophomore and freshman seasons, respectively, and has led the Generals to a 23-3 record this season. That is a run of 85-16 during Wolfing's career, and she said the best is yet to come.

"We have no seniors on this team, so we'll all be back next year for another shot," she said.

Wheeler on a roll

April Wheeler (Patapsco) is making soccer waves for North Carolina Wesleyan (3-11, 3-2 USA South), scoring four goals last week in two league victories.

Wheeler, a freshman forward, had three goals in a 6-0 victory over Ferrum that followed a one-goal effort in a 2-0 victory over Peace College.

She was named the USA South women's soccer Rookie of the Week. Wheeler has surged to the top of the league scoring race with eight goals and 16 points in five games. Overall, she has nine goals and 18 points in 13 games.

Freshman teammate Stephanie Vorce (Hammond) has started seven games and played in nine, contributing one goal and one assist.

Et cetera

Senior Wake Forest cornerback Eric King (McDonogh) has started 27 consecutive games entering his team's biggest game of the season Saturday against No. 6 Florida State. King has 34 solo tackles and five assisted tackles this season, nine passes broken up, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, one returned fumble for 42 yards, and five kickoff returns for 136 yards.

Three former McDonogh football players are playing for Yale (4-1). Senior running back Pat Bydume has played in five games, rushing nine times for 12 yards; sophomore linebacker Shomari Taylor has three tackles and one pass broken up; and freshman defensive end Brandon Etheridge is still waiting for his first defensive stop.

Lynchburg College senior Leanne Costa (Dulaney) had 28 kills and 19 digs in two volleyball victories Saturday, running the team's winning streak to eight, its overall record to 13-8 and its Old Dominion Athletic Conference mark to 6-2. Sophomore setter Shannon Burton (Hammond) had 70 assists and 17 digs in the two wins, and senior Sarah Kirby (Northeast) contributed 11 kills in the victory over Shenandoah.

Freshman Oberlin field hockey defender Sarah Heaton (Hereford) got her team-high 15th defensive save Saturday in a North Coast Athletic Conference 3-2 overtime victory over Denison. The win raised Oberlin's league mark to 9-5, establishing a school record for NCAC wins in a season.

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