Final Report, 1996
Deacons Close First Varsity Season
DEACS DEVELOPING A VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM
Head Coach Mary Jones guided her young team (a senior, two juniors, a sophomore and a band of freshmen) to an impressive pinnacle of early-season improvement that included a five-match win streak.
The Deacs stayed competitive despite not finding victory in the conference, taking many conference foes, including champion Maryland, to four games and not falling to North Carolina until the fifth game.
Julie Cowley (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines) tallied 62 assists against UNC-Greensboro, which was not only the high mark for the season but a WFU record as well.
Carri Walker (Chesterfield, Mo./St. Joseph's) against Radford and Sharon Harmsworth (Wadena, Saskatchewan/Wadena) vs. UNC-Wilmington tied for the team season high in blocks, with eight.
Harmsworth tallied 33 digs against UNC-Greensboro to set the season high in that stat, and Walker aced her serve seven times against East Carolina for the season high in aces.
Julie Cowley set a new single-season assist mark of 1154., also breaking the assist per game mark with her average of 9.78. Cowley also established a new season dig record as well, with 402 to beat the old mark of 363.
Outside hitter Katie Horne now holds the season attack mark, at 1099, and she tied the Wake Forest record for kills in a season with 394. Junior clocker and co-captain Carri Walker now holds the season block assist record of 87, and, at .91 blocks per game, she tied the Demon Deacon record in that category.
Statistically Speaking(Total and Per Game)
Kills: Katie Horne 394 (3.52) Digs: Julie Cowley 402 (3.41) 7th in the ACC Katie Horne 369 (3.29) 8th in the ACC Assists: Julie Cowley 1154 (9.78) 8th in the ACC Kill%: Julie Cowley .225 Jessica Sammis .220 Aces: Carri Walker 43 (.37) 6th in the ACC Blocks: Carri Walker 106 (.91) 9th in the ACC
Honors & Accolades
Julie Cowley All-Tournament, Davidson
All-Tournament, Bobcat Invitational
ACC Rookie-of-the-Week, Sept. 16
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