UD Volleyball BIO
5 Ariel Shonk

Fourth-year member of the Blue Hens who has earned three letters • will battle for the starting defensive specialist/libero spot for the Blue Hens • serving as team captain along with Chandler Bryant and Katie Hillman • enters senior season averaging 4.76 digs per set, the second highest average in school history • needs 70 digs to move into the school's top 10 list • has posted five of the top 15 dig performance in Blue Hen history.


Appeared in 19 matches while making three starts (missed the first 12 matches with a back injury) • ranked sixth on the team with 109 digs • posted a season-high 13 digs during the five-set match against College of Charleston on Oct. 31 • notched 11 digs during the win at Elon on Oct. 18 • added 10 digs in consecutive home matches vs. Elon and UNCW on Nov. 14-15 • contributed nine assists and eight services aces on the year.

Named third team All-Colonial Athletic Association for the second consecutive year • selected UD Alumni Association Team MVP • one of four players to appear in all 111 sets for the Blue Hens • ranked second in the conference, 11th in Division I and third in UD single season history with 5.52 digs per set • her 613 digs are 10th most in a Blue Hen single season • reached double figures in digs during all but two matches on the year • posted eight 30-dig matches during the season • recorded a season-high 38 digs at William & Mary on Oct. 11, tied for the ninth most in a UD single season • added 37 digs vs. Furman on Sept. 14 and James Madison on Oct. 25 • had 36 digs in the five-set win over Rutgers on Sept. 13 • named Delaware Invitational MVP • selected to Pepperdine Asics Classic, Loyola Greyhound Challenge and Clemson Classic All-Tournament Teams • tabbed CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14 • picked UD National 5&10 Athlete of the Week on Sept. 16 • named to CAA Academic Honor Roll.

Named third team All-CAA and CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year during her outstanding freshman season • also selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team • led the CAA with 5.68 digs per set, the second highest average in a UD single season • her 5.68 digs ranked 14th in Division I and second among the nation’s freshmen • recorded 619 digs on the year, the eighth highest total in a Blue Hen single season • posted a season-high 40 digs against Penn on Sept. 19, tied for sixth most on the UD single match list • reached double figure digs in all but two matches, including each of the final 26 contests • made at least 30 digs in five matches • had 37 digs during a five-set win at George Mason on Oct. 13 and 33 during a five-set triumph over Hofstra on Oct. 20 • ranked second on the team with 23 service aces • picked to Delaware Invitational All-Tournament Team • selected CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 and Oct. 22, and CAA Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8 • named to CAA Academic Honor Roll.

Four-year varsity starter at Riverwood International Charter School for head coach Leigh Hudson • led team to great success in state championships, advancing to the Final Four her senior year in 2011, to the Elite Eight in 2009, and to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and 2010 • All-State pick as a senior when she was named area Player of the Year • team Most Valuable Player as a senior • first team Defensive Dandy • set school record for digs with over 1,000 • played in local senior All-Star game • National Honor Society • Beta Club • secretary of STAND (Students Teaching Academics Next Door) • A5 Volleyball Club qualified for Open Level nationals in 2011 and finished 11th in nation.

Ariel Hope Shonk • born July 25, 1993 • daughter of David and Susan Shonk • has an older brother, Bronson • marketing and operation management major at Delaware • father works in real estate and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech, and mother graduated from Arizona and Boston University • grandfather played tennis, squash, and hockey at Williams (Mass.) College • served as a marketing and events intern with Philadelphia Magazine over the summer • visited a hostel her family built in Jaco, Costa Rica named Room2Board.

Kills: 1, twice, last at Hofstra, 10/18/13
Assists: 8 at George Mason, 10/13/12
Aces: 4 vs. Elon, 11/14/14
Digs: 40 vs. Penn, 9/19/12


Year Sets K E TA Pct. Asst. SA Digs BS BA TB
 2012 109 1 4
14 -.214
56 23 619 0 0 0
2013 111 1 4 17 -.176 78 17 613 0 0 0
2014 62 0 0 5 .000 9 8 109 0 0 0
 TOTALS 282 2 8
36 -.021 143 48 1341 0 0 0

Position: Defensive Specialist/Libero/Capt.
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Riverwood International Charter
Major: Marketing & Op. Management
Experience: 3 Letters
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