December 06, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 6

Third time's a charm for NU women's volleyball

by Vince Schiano

Volleyball players Sam Morgan and Hannah Hendrick. (Photo credit:

Volleyball players Sam Morgan and Hannah Hendrick. (Photo credit:

The Niagara University Women's Volleyball team excelled in the MAAC Tournament, bringing NU home another championship for the third year in a row. The team, under the instruction of head coach Susan Clements and assistant coach Kara Hellman, defeated the No. 2 seed, Fairfield, in a four set match.

One honor from the tournament includes the impressive Most Outstanding Player award given to junior Kari Honomichl. Honomichl, originally from Ida, Mich., joined the team in the fall of 2009 “ the season that began the MAAC winning streak.

We went in with a mission, worked hard, stuck with the gameplans and came out on top of the MAAC. Honomichl said. We have set the bar even higher for next season, she added.

Outside of the tournament, the Purple Eagles boast a team of record-holding individuals. Sophomore right side Ellen Senf continues to hold her position as the MAAC Rookie of the Year, while the current senior class holds the position of being the winningest class in Purple Eagles volleyball history.

The team lost to the University of Northern Iowa on Dec. 3 but they remains hopeful for next season.

We plan on winning MAACs again and advancing in the NCAA tournament next year, Honomichl stated.

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