Olsen and Shonk look to build on record-setting freshmen campaigns in 2013
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 21:09
If one looks through the Delaware volleyball team’s record book, the numbers quickly become a blur of 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In this environment, anything with the number 2012 next to it stands out quite a bit.
Upon further inspection, it becomes apparent that several of the team’s most recently set records belong to a pair of sophomores: Ariel Shonk and Mackenzie Olsen.
Shonk received third-team All-CAA honors last year as the Lady Hens’ starting Libero. Her 5.68 digs per set ranks as the second-highest average in program history.
“I’m so honored and excited about it,” Shonk said. “It’s cool to look and see my name with all those other players.”
Shonk said she wasn’t even sure she would be in the starting lineup when she saw two other players at her position on the depth chart coming into the season.
Olsen entered her freshman year under much different circumstances.
The native Californian had little competition for her position as setter but still came to campus early to work with the team and gain an edge going into the season.
The extra work paid off, as Olsen went on to be named to the CAA All-Rookie team during a season in which she finished second in the conference with 10 assists per set.
Highlighting her freshman season was a 67-assist performance against Penn State, which ranks ninth in program history for assists in a single game.
Both players said they have had no problems staying grounded or focused, thanks in part to a coach who is more concerned with the future than the past.
Head coach Bonny Kenny, now in her 12th season with the Hens, said Shonk and Olsen have a vast array of skills but still could improve.