Third-year member of the Blue Hens who has earned two letters • one of the top defensive specialists in the Colonial Athletic Association • expected to start again as defensive specialist/libero for the Blue Hens • enters junior season averaging 5.60 digs per set, which would be a UD record • has posted five of the top 15 dig performance in Blue Hen history.
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 major at Delaware • enjoys playing frisbee and photography • fan of the Atlanta Braves (MLB) and Atlanta Falcons (NFL) • 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 • worked as a UD volleyball camp counselor 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: 3, twice, last vs. Northeastern, 10/19/12
Digs: 40 vs. Penn, 9/19/12