Delaware Volleyball Starts NCAA Road Trip with First Round Against Virginia Tech
December 2, 2010
Photo of Huddle Courtesy of Chris Permar
Team Photos Below Courtesy of Cindy Gregory
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - - The last three NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships have gone through Penn State University, and that is where the University of Delaware volleyball begins its trek for the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship with a first round game against Virginia Tech on Friday, December 3, in Rec Hall.
Delaware comes into the tournament riding a 14 game winning streak, and are 26-5 overall, earning the automatic qualifier for winning the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship.
Virginia Tech finished seventh in the ACC with a 19-11 overall record, earning an at-large bid by competing against top teams in the ACC and in its non-conference schedule.
The Blue Hens have four seniors, all starters, that will lead the team in their third NCAA appearance in the last four years. According to head coach Bonnie Kenny the ability in having players return to the tournament will be an advantage.
“You try to stay with your routine and you hope that you have people that have been here three of the last four years so you hope that they have an idea of the stage that they are on and that it’s one and done so you got to make sure you are prepared,” Kenny said after their practice in Rec Hall on Thursday. “Hopefully the people we have in our program and the people that have been here and done that can provide that little extra surge.”
One of the team’s seniors and co-captain, Greta Gibboney, is enjoying the trip to Penn State as it is a homecoming of sorts, growing up only 40 minutes southwest of State College in Huntington, Pa.
“I was so excited to be coming here,” Gibboney said talking about the selection show on Sunday. “This is where I started playing volleyball and knowing that all the people that have helped me get to Delaware and help me get to the level that I am are pretty much all located in this area and have the ability to come watch.”
But just to play in front of family members and fans is not the only reason Gibboney and the rest of the Blue Hen team has come to Penn State. Their focus is on Virginia Tech.
“I think we are very evenly matched,” Gibboney continued. “I think if everybody plays hard, digs deep, and we bring our best and go beyond what we have done before we will be all right. And I think being at an atmosphere as the NCAA tournament, anything is possible and I think Friday night we can make that anything happen.”
Follow the Blue Hens live by NCAA’s Live Streaming at or by GameTracker. The second round of the NCAA Championship will be on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. That match will also be played in Rec Hall versus the winner of the Penn State/Niagara match.
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