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This is Madonna Volleyball 2002 & 2005 NAIA FINAL FOUR 8 NAIA National Tournaments 2 National Quarterfinals 5 Consecutive National Tournament Appearances 9 Consecutive Conference Championships 9 NAIA 1st Team All-Americans 6 NAIA 2nd Team All-American 6 NAIA 3rd Team All-Americans 10 NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans 21 NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes 55 All-Conference Players 7 WHAC Players-of-the-Year 4 NAIA Region VIII Players-of-the-Year 181-28 Home Record Since 1991 771-204 (.791) All-Time Record over 18 seasons


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Table of Contents Introduction


2006 Schedule ....................................................................................................................... 3 2006 Opponents ................................................................................................................... 4 2006 Roster ............................................................................................................................ 5 TV/Radio Roster .................................................................................................................... 6 Julie Martin ............................................................................................................................... 7 2006 Season Preview .......................................................................................................... 8 Media Information ................................................................................................................ 10 Visiting Madonna .................................................................................................................. 12

A Winning Tradition ............................................................................................................ 44 What I Remember Most .................................................................................................... 45 All-Americans ........................................................................................................................ 47 Honors & Awards ................................................................................................................. 54 All-Time Roster .................................................................................................................... 56 Single Season Records ...................................................................................................... 57 Career Records .................................................................................................................... 58 Yearly Results ....................................................................................................................... 59

Coaching Staff


Head Coach Jerry Abraham ............................................................................................... 14 Assistant Coach Ed Tolentino ........................................................................................... 17 Assistant Coach Brian McClain ........................................................................................ 18 Assistant Coach Erin Shrewsbury ................................................................................... 19 Assistant Coach Ashley Frost .......................................................................................... 20

Leading the Way ................................................................................................................. 64 National Powers ................................................................................................................... 66 WHAC Leaders ...................................................................................................................... 67 President Rose Marie Kujawa .......................................................................................... 68 Sister Nancy Jamroz ........................................................................................................... 69 Mike Meldrum ....................................................................................................................... 69 Athletic Director Bryan Rizzo .......................................................................................... 70

Players Caryn Inman ......................................................................................................................... 22 Heather Spooner ................................................................................................................. 24 Jacqui Gatt ............................................................................................................................. 26 Amy Szymanski ................................................................................................................... 27 Stephanie Parslow .............................................................................................................. 28 Lubovj Tihomirova ................................................................................................................ 29 Whitney Fuelling .................................................................................................................. 30 Tara Garman ......................................................................................................................... 30 Inta Grinvalds ......................................................................................................................... 31 Amanda Lenart ...................................................................................................................... 31 Abby Long .............................................................................................................................. 32 Natalie Niblock ...................................................................................................................... 32 Alex Prieditis ......................................................................................................................... 33 Anna Zorn ............................................................................................................................... 33

On The Cover The cover of the 2006 Madonna University Volleyball Media Guide features pictures of seniors Caryn Inman and Heather Spooner. The cover also features several pictures from the past and the 20-year Madonna Volleyball logo. The cover was designed by Assistant Athletic Director Matt Fancett, using Adobe Photoshop CS and various photoshop brushes from

2005 Media Guide Continuing a strong history of publications excellence, the 2005 Madonna University Volleyball Media Guide was honored as “10th in the Nation� by the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America (NAIA-SIDA).

Season Review 2005 Season Review ......................................................................................................... 36 2005 Match Results ........................................................................................................... 37 2005 Statistics ..................................................................................................................... 38 2005 Seniors ........................................................................................................................ 39 2005 WHAC Review .......................................................................................................... 40 2005 NAIA All-Americans .................................................................................................. 41 2005 NAIA Tournament .................................................................................................... 42

2006 Media Guide Credits The 2006 Madonna University Volleyball Media and Recruiting Guide is a production of the Madonna University Sports Information Department with the purpose of aiding the media in their coverage of the Madonna volleyball program. Written, edited and designed by Tony Baldwin, Sports Information Director, and Matt Fancett, Assistant Athletic Director-Media Relations and Promotions. Photography by Matt Fancett, Lee Cagle and Tim Busch. Additional copies of the 2006 guide can be purchased for $10 each. To purchase by mail, send check or money order to: Madonna Sports Information c/o Volleyball Media Guide 36600 Schoolcraft Road Livonia, MI 48150 Make checks payable to: Madonna University Volleyball.


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2006 Schedule Schedule By Date DATE AUG. 16 AUG. 24


UM-Dearborn Early Aug. 25 Fri. Aug. 25 Fri. Aug. 26 Sat. Aug. 26 Sat.

OPPONENT ALUMNI GAME WAYNE STATE Bird Invitational - Aug. 25-26 vs. Spring Arbor vs. Tiffin vs. TBA vs. TBA

University of Great Falls Tournament - Great Falls, Sept. 1 Fri. vs. Univ. of Great Falls Sept. 1 Fri. vs. Montana State-Northern Sept. 2 Sat. vs. National American Sept. 2 Sat. vs. Minot State 7TH ANNUAL JULIE SEPT. 8 FRI. SEPT. 8 FRI. SEPT. 9 SAT. SEPT. 9 SAT. Sept. 12 SEPT. 14 SEPT. 15 Sept. 19 Pepsi Bash Sept. 22 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Sept. 23 SEPT. 26 Sept. 29

Tue. THU. FRI. Tue.



Montana - Sept. 1-2 Great Falls, MT Great Falls, MT Great Falls, MT Great Falls, MT

3:00 pm 7:00 pm 11:00 am 5:00 pm


UM-DEARBORN * at Georgetown

3:00 PM 7:30 PM 12:15 PM 2:30 PM


at the Beach (at Palm Beach Atlantic University) - Sept. 22-23 Fri. vs. Northwood (FL) W. Palm Beach, FL Fri. vs. Embry-Riddle (FL) W. Palm Beach, FL Sat. vs. TBA W. Palm Beach, FL Sat. vs. TBA W. Palm Beach, FL TUE. Fri.

TIME 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

7:00 pm 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 pm 12:00 pm 6:30 pm TBA TBA


7:00 PM 7:00 pm

Georgetown College Tri-Match (at Georgetown College) - Sept. 30 Sept. 30 Sat. vs. Indiana Univ.-Southeast Georgetown, KY Sept. 30 Sat. vs. King Georgetown, KY

10:00 am 2:00 pm

Oct. 3 Oct. 5 OCT. 10 OCT. 12 OCT. 13 Oct. 17 Oct. 19 Oct. 24 Oct. 26 OCT. 31 NOV. 3


7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

2006 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships Nov. 7 Tue. WHAC Quarterfinals TBA Nov. 10 Fri. WHAC Semifinals TBA Nov. 11 Sat. WHAC Finals TBA

7:00 pm TBA TBA

Tue. Thu. TUE. THU. FRI. Tue. Thu. Tue. Thu. TUE. FRI.

at Aquinas * at Indiana Tech * CORNERSTONE * SIENA HEIGHTS * CONCORDIA * at Siena Heights * UM-Dearborn * at Davenport * at Warner Southern AQUINAS * INDIANA TECH *

Home games in BOLD * indicates Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference match All scheduled times indicated are Eastern Time and subject to change.


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2006 Opponents AQUINAS SAINTS




Oct. 3 - 7 PM - Grand Rapids, MI Oct. 31 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI

Sept. 19 - 7 PM - Ann Arbor, MI Oct. 13 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI

Sept. 12 - 7 PM - Grand Rapids, MI Oct. 10 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI

Sept. 14 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI Oct. 24 - 7 PM - Grand Rapids, MI

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach: Jan Nevelle Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier ‘05 Record: 16-22/3-9

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Head Coach: Dan Kirchhoff Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier 05 Record: 10-26/1-11

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach: Steve Burmaster Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier 05 Record: 36-11/10-2

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach: Rick Ryske Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier 05 Record: 0-0/0-0 (First year)





Sept. 29 - 7 PM - Georgetown, KY

Sept. 30 - 10 AM - Georgetown, KY

Oct. 5 - 7 PM - Fort Wayne, IN Nov. 3 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI

Sept. 30 - 2 PM - Georgetown, KY

Location: Georgetown, Kentucky Head Coach: Susan Clements Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Mid-South 05 Record: 40-10/9-0

Location: New Albany, Indiana Head Coach: Carrie Lilly Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Kentucky Intercollegiate 05 Record: 33-8/7-0

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana Head Coach: Laura Douglas Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier 05 Record: 15-22/6-6

Location: Bristol, Tennessee Head Coach: Susie Toomey Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Appalachian Athletic 05 Record: 30-11





Sept. 26 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI Oct. 19 - 7 PM - Dearborn, MI

Oct. 12 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI Oct. 17 - 7 PM - Adrian, MI

Sept. 15 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI

Oct. 26 - 5 PM - Lake Wales, FL

Location: Dearborn, Michigan Head Coach: Mike Gibson Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier 05 Record: 29-13/8-4

Location: Adrian, Michigan Head Coach: Susan Kelly Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier 05 Record: 6-27/2-10

Location: Spring Arbor, Michigan Head Coach: Carol Gates Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Mid-Central College 05 Record: 20-17/4-4

Location: Lake Wales, Florida Head Coach: John Boren Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Florida Sun 05 Record: 13-15/6-8

WAYNE STATE WARRIORS Aug. 24 - 7 PM - Livonia, MI Location: Detroit, Michigan Head Coach: Ernie Gilbert Affiliation: NCAA DII Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate 05 Record: 16-10/8-9


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TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS Michigan-Dearborn Early Bird Invitational: Spring Arbor, Tiffin Great Falls (MT) Tournament: Montana State Northern, National American, Minot State, Great Falls Julie Martin Memorial Tournament: Davenport, Rio Grande, Cedarville, Taylor Pepsi Bash at the Beach: Palm Beach Atlantic, Northwood (FL), Embry-Riddle (FL)

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2006 Roster Tale of the Tape 6-3 ______________ Stephanie Parslow 6-3 _______________ Lubovj Tihomirova 6-1 ___________________Caryn Inman 6-1 ___________________ Alex Prieditis 6-0 __________________ Tara Garman 6-0 _______________ Heather Spooner 5-10 _______________ Whitney Fuelling 5-10 ___________________ Abby Long 5-10 ________________ Natalie Niblock 5-9 ________________ Amanda Lenart 5-9 ____________________ Anna Zorn 5-8 __________________ Inta Grinvalds 5-7 ___________________ Jacqui Gatt 5-7 ________________ Amy Szymanski

By Number No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 18

Name Tara Garman Amy Szymanski Lubovj Tihomirova Jacqui Gatt Anna Zorn Heather Spooner Abby Long Caryn Inman Inta Grinvalds Alex Prieditis Whitney Fuelling Natalie Niblock Amanda Lenart Stephanie Parslow

No. 12 1 4 9 8 14 7 13 18 11 6 2 3 5

Name Whitney Fuelling Tara Garman Jacqui Gatt Inta Grinvalds Caryn Inman Amanda Lenart Abby Long Natalie Niblock Stephanie Parslow Alex Prieditis Heather Spooner Amy Szymanski Lubovj Tihomirova Anna Zorn


Class Fr. Jr. So. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. So.

Height 6-0 5-7 6-3 5-7 5-9 6-0 5-10 6-1 5-8 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-9 6-3

Class So. Fr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr.

Height 5-10 6-0 5-7 5-8 6-1 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-1 6-0 5-7 6-3 5-9


Hometown/Previous School Goodrich, MI/Goodrich HS Redford, MI/Ladywood HS Riga, Latvia/Rigas Classic HS Livonia, MI/Churchill HS Fowlerville, MI/Fowlerville HS Woodhaven, MI/Woodhaven HS LaPorte, IN/LaPorte HS Oxford, MI/Oxford HS Portage, MI/Portage Central HS Milford, MI/Milford HS Milford, MI/Western Michigan White Pigeon, MI/White Pigeon HS Dearborn Heights, MI/Crestwood HS Clinton Twp., MI/Dakota HS

Pronunciation Guide Amy Szymanski _____________________ shuh-MAN-ski Lubovj Tihomirova _________ LOU-bah | tee-ho-ME-ro-vah Inta Grinvalds ____________________ IN-tuh | GRIN-valds Alex Prieditis __________________________ pra-DEE-tis Natalie Niblock __________________________ NIB-lock Amanda Lenart __________________________ len-ART Stephanie Parslow ______________________ PARS-low

Coaching Staff Head Coach: Jerry Abraham (20th season) Assistant Coaches: Ed Tolentino (1st Season), Brian McClain (16th season), Erin Shrewsbury (6th season), Ashley Frost (1st season) 5

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TV/Radio Roster


Tara Garman 6-0 • MH • Fr. Goodrich, Mich.

Amy Szymanski 5-7 • S/DS • Jr. Redford, Mich.

Lubovj Tihomirova 6-3 • OH • So. Riga, Latvia

Jacqui Gatt 5-7 • OH/DS • Jr. Livonia, Mich.

Anna Zorn 5-9 • DS • Fr. Fowlerville, Mich.

Heather Spooner 6-0 • MH • Sr. Woodhaven, Mich.

Abby Long 5-10 • DS • Fr. LaPorte, Ind.

Caryn Inman 6-1 • MH • Sr. Oxford, Mich.

Inta Grinvalds 5-8 • S • Fr. Portage, Mich.

Alex Prieditis 6-1 • MH • Fr. Highland, Mich.

Whitney Fuelling 6-0 • OH • So. Highland, Mich.

Natalie Niblock 5-10 • S/DS • Fr. White Pigeon, Mich.

Amanda Lenart 5-9 • OH • Fr. Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Stephanie Parslow 6-3 • MH • So. Clinton Township, Mich.

Trevor McClain Team Manager 6th Season

Jerry Abraham Head Coach 20th Season

Ed Tolentino Assistant Coach 1st Season

Brian McClain Assistant Coach 17th Season

Erin Shrewsbury Assistant Coach 6th Season

Ashley Frost Graduate Assistant Coach 1st Season

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The Julie Martin Memorial


n September 8-9, 2006, Madonna University will once again host the Julie Martin Memorial Tournament. The event is named for former Madonna volleyball player and graduate, Julie Martin. Unfortunately, Julie was taken from us in late August, 2000, a victim of cancer. The Madonna coaching staff and volleyball family agreed that from that point forward, the annual tournament would be named for one of our dearest friends.

Julie was a star in every sense of the word. She came to Madonna a shy, introverted freshman and left a well established, confident woman. Along the way, she also made her mark on Madonna University and, especially, on her teammates and friends. As a player, Julie was second to none. She dominated the net in a way not many players can at the collegiate level. She worked hard in every facet of the game to develop her conditioning, her blocking and her hitting. Her work helped Madonna to three NAIA National Tournaments in her four year career. In 1996 she was named a second team All-American.

Julie Martin 1975-2000

While her volleyball accomplishments are impressive, they pale compared to the person and friend she was. Every one of us who had the pleasure to know Julie remembers a wonderful human being. She was, quite simply, as nice and as good as they come. No fancy words are needed to describe her. She was who she was. She put on no false fronts-no phoniness. Julie was Julie. She effected more lives in her short stay with us than most do in a lifetime. Though her physical presence may no longer be in the gym, Julie Martin will always be there. Every time we enter the gym, Julie is in our hearts and assuredly in someone’s thoughts. Madonna volleyball has never had a better member to its family. In 2002 Madonna University held the first of what will become an annual Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship dinner. Proceeds from the event which is held the evening before the start of the annual tournament in her name, will go directly to a scholarship fund set up in Julie’s name. This tournament and scholarship fund will continue to remind all of us that life is short. More importantly, hopefully it will force us to live life like Julie Martin. She was the perfect role model for living life. Simple. Sweet. Honest. Sincere. It was so simple for her to be that way. At least she sure made it seem simple. This is, perhaps, the lesson we all should learn from our friend. Julie will be missed. But, she will be forever in the hearts of Madonna Volleyball. You can help Julie’s legacy live on through a contribution to the Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship fund. Monetary donations can be sent to Madonna University Athletics and will be applied directly to the scholarship fund. For more information on how you can help contribute to the legacy of Julie Martin through a donation to the Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship fund, contact the Madonna University Athletic Department at (734) 432-5608 or make your taxdeductible contribution payable to: Madonna University Athletics c/o Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship 36600 Schoolcraft Road Livonia, MI 48150 Write Julie Martin Scholarship in the memo area of your check. Julie Martin (left) and Kelly McCausland (right were a formidable duo for the Crusaders and best of friends.


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Season Preview Outside Hitters The outside hitter position will be without two players that made a tremendous impact in the Crusaders attack in 2005. All-American Natalja Tinina is gone after graduating from the program following the 2005 season. Tinina posted 881 kills for Madonna and was one of the top attacking players in the nation. The Crusaders are also without last year’s WHAC Freshman of the Year Kelsey Mack, who departed the team after recording 378 kills as a true freshman.

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Outlook After winning their ninth consecutive WolverineHoosier Athletic Conference title and coming within one game of a berth in the 2005 NAIA National Championship match, the Madonna volleyball team enters the 2006 season with hopes of continuing the dominance and success set forth by previous Crusader teams. “Last year’s team had a great mix of returners and talent newcomers,” said Madonna head coach Jerry Abraham. “From day one, that team was hungry to not only win, but win in the right way.” The 2005 Crusaders posted a 48-2 overall record, including a perfect regular season mark and an undefeated record in conference play. Last year’s squad suffered their first loss in pool play at the NAIA National Tournament before bowing out in the semifinals to California Baptist, the eventual national champion. “We were a national championship caliber team last year,” said Abraham. “We had the best setter in the country and one of the top hitters as well. We had a very fast multiple attack offense with a very smart setter that was able to run the show on the floor.” Gone from 2005 are three All-Americans. Natalja Tinina, Ashley Frost and Laura Lesko all graduated after stellar careers with Madonna. The 2006 team returns six players from last year’s roster, including senior middle hitter Caryn Inman (Oxford, MI), an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention selection in 2005. “You can’t replace the girls that graduated last year,” said Abraham. “You can never replace AllAmerican caliber players. That’s the challenge that all coaches face.” This year’s team has the largest incoming class in Abraham’s 20 years at the helm of the Madonna program. Abraham and his coaches welcome eight new faces to the program in 2006, including seven true freshmen. “This season we hope to have a powerful and fast offense,” says Abraham. “It will take some time for the new setters to mesh with the hitters, but once that happens, the sky is the limit for this team.” 8

The Crusaders will also have a new look on the bench with the addition of two new coaches. Ed Tolentino joins the staff as the top assistant after spending last season as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan. Ashley Frost returns to the program as an assistant coach and will help with the setters this year. “It took me forever to find someone that I could trust and has the same coaching philosophy as I do,” said Abraham about Tolentino. “The kids really like Ed and I think he will do a great job for us this season.” Tolentino takes over the top assistant position after Tim DeBeliso retired following the 2005 season. “It’s very tough to try to replace Tim,” Abraham said. “He is an outstanding coach that taught the girls very well. I can’t say enough about what Tim did for this program and how he helped us get to where we are now.” The Crusaders return two coaches from last year’s squad in Brian McClain and Erin Shrewsbury. McClain is entering his 17th year with the program and Shrewsbury, a former All-American player for Madonna, is beginning her 6th season as an assistant under Abraham.

Libero With the graduation of Stefanie DeNardin, the Crusaders will have a new libero this season. Junior Jacqui Gatt (Livonia, MI) is the leading candidate to play the libero position in 2006. Gatt can also play a multitude of other positions for the Crusaders and has been used in various positions in past seasons, including outside hitter and defensive specialist. “Jacqui is a real explosive and dynamic allaround player,” says Abraham. “Defensively, Jacqui is a standout and fits the stereotype of most of our previous liberos at Madonna.” Freshman Abby Long (LaPorte, IN) also has the ability to compete at the libero position.

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Lubovj Tihomirova

This year, the Crusaders will rely on another player from Latvia to shoulder most of the load at the outside hitter position. Sophomore Lubovj Tihomirova (Riga, Latvia) will be returning as the Crusaders top option on the outside. “Lubovj is a very strong terminating type hitter,” said Abraham. “She is someone will look to every night for a consistent performance and to see at the top of the stat sheet in kills.” Jacqui Gatt also has the ability to play the outside hitter position when not filling other needs for Madonna. Sophomore transfer Whitney Fuelling (Highland, MI) will also be in the mix at the outside hitter position. Whitney transferred into the Madonna program after spending one year at Western Michigan University and one year at Kalamazoo Valley Community Community College. “Whitney has great athleticism on the floor and is very explosive,” says Abraham. True freshman Alex Prieditis (Highland, MI) is also an option at outside hitter for the Crusaders this season.

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Season Preview Middle Hitters

Defensive Specialists

Returning All-American and senior cocaptain Caryn Inman will be the go to player at the middle hitter spot for the Crusaders this season. “Caryn is going to be a leader on the floor this season,” says Abraham. “She is very dominant at the net and we are going to rely on her experience this year.” Inman finished third on the team in kills a year ago, posting 470 kills (2.69 per game) and was the team leader in total blocks (193). Whitney Fuelling can also play in the middle for the Crusaders with great speed and quickness. Returning sophomore Stephanie Parslow is another option at the middle hitter position for Madonna. Parslow is the tallest of the Crusaders measuring in at 6-foot-3. Freshmen Alex Prieditis (Highland, MI) and Tara Garman (Goodrich, MI) will provide depth for Madonna at the middle hitter position this year.

Junior Amy Szymanski returns to the back row for Madonna in 2006. “Amy is a very consistent defensive performer,” says Abraham. “She has a great serve and can play multiple positions in the back row for us this season. She is another player we can rely on for a consistent performance.” Szymanski posted 149 digs in 108 games as a sophomore. She also recorded 25 service aces. Jacqui Gatt is another option for Abraham in the back row as a defensive specialists when not playing another position on the floor. Last year, Gatt recorded 476 digs as a sophomore in 158 games. Gatt also led the team in service aces with 88.

Right Side Senior co-captain Heather Spooner (Woodhaven, MI) returns as the top option on the right side for the Crusaders. “She has a good attack from the right side,” Abraham says. “We will look to her for her experience as well as a consistent performance on a daily basis.” In 2005, Spooner racked up 119 kills and added 85 assists as a junior. Spooner also was credited for 79 total blocks, including 10 solo stuffs. Sophomore Stephanie Parslow (Clinton Township, MI) returns to play on the right side for Madonna this season. “Stephanie is a very strong right side player for us,” Abraham says. “She has raised her game to a higher level this year and has a great work ethic. She gives us another force at the net.” Parslow saw action in 57 games as a freshman last year and recorded 19 kills and 19 total blocks.

Setters With the departure of three year starter and two-time All-American Ashley Frost from the setter position, the Crusaders will have to rely on a true freshman to step in and play right away. Freshman Inta Grinvalds (Portage, MI) will compete for the starting spot as the Crusaders quarterback on the floor this year. “Inta is a player that we will need to depend on immediately,” said Abraham. “The setter has to be the core of the whole offensive system and Inta has great game sense and is progressing nicely and the ability to run the show for us this year.” Freshman Natalie Niblock (White Pigeon, MI) is also competing for the starting setter spot this year. “Natalie has a great work ethic and responds very well in tight pressure situations,” says Abraham. “She has a good understanding in setting and has a bright future with our program.”

The Crusaders will take early season trips to tournaments at Michigan-Dearborn, the University of Great Falls (MT) and Pepsi Bash at the Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. Madonna will also host their annual Julie Martin Memorial Tournament on September 8 and 9 in the Activities Center. “Our non-conference schedule is always a good barometer to figure out where we will be come conference time,” said Abraham. “We try to play the best competition we can early to help prepare our team for our conference and the postseason.” “The addition this year of Wayne State is a good one for us to compete with a school that is a couple of levels above us division-wise,” Abraham continued. “We are also going to get a good test early against National American in Great Falls. That will be a “revenge game for us after losing to them in the national tournament last season. They are always very well coached and have a tremendous program.” The conference slate welcomes newcomer Davenport University to the schedule along with six other schools to compete for the league title. As usual, the Crusaders are picked by the league coaches to claim the conference title, but Abraham knows championships are won on the court, not on paper. “It is nice that the coaches in our conference think we will do well, but it isn’t anything we look at and admire,” Abraham said of the preseason poll. “We need to go out and earn the title on the floor. There are very good volleyball teams and players in this conference and we need to show up every night, not take any team for granted, and earn the respect this year.” Madonna looks to capture their 10th straight WHAC championship this season with a new look team, but a very talented one.

Jacqui Gatt

Freshmen Anna Zorn (Fowlerville, MI) and Abby Long will help out on defense for the Crusaders. The former high school setter will see most of her time as a defensive specialist and will help provide energy on the floor for Madonna. “Anna is a great team player,” says Abraham. “She has good range from sideline to sideline and has great technique.” Abby Long was considered one of the top passers in the state of Indiana as a high school senior last year. Abby has the ability to play the libero position and give a contribution as a defensive specialist this year. “Abby is quick in the back row,” says Abraham. “She has good game sense and a good sense for the ball.”

2006 Schedule Madonna faces another tough schedule in the 2006 season, with several tournaments and other top non-conference opponents on this year’s schedule. The Crusaders kick-off the 2006 season at home, hosting NCAA DII Wayne State in a non-conference tilt at the Activities Center. 9

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Media Information Matt Fancett - Assistant AD - Media Relations

In his fifth year at Madonna, and first as Assistant AD Media Relations and Promotions, Matt Fancett coordinates all media relations for the athletic department’s 11 varsity sports. During his four year tenure as Sports Information Director, Fancett provided the publicity for six National Tournament qualifying teams, two ‘Final Four’ squads, 17 conference championship teams, nine conference tournament championship teams and over 75 All-Americans. Additionally, Fancett has won 15 national awards for publications and writing, including the ‘Best Website in the Nation’ award in 2005 for the Madonna Athletics website. Fancett’s 2004-05 men’s and women’s basketball guide was judged ‘Best in the Nation’ and his 2006 baseball guide garned ‘Best Cover’ honors. Fancett also serves as Media Relations director for the eight-member WolverineHoosier Athletic Conference and 17-member NAIA Region VIII where his duties include the dissemination of information for all conference/regional schools and the oversight of and the NAIA Region VIII website.

Get the latest and most updated Madonna Crusader sports news and results on the internet at The official website of MU Athletics. Visit our site for all scores, game stories, features, photo galleries, statistics and releases.

Media Information

The Madonna University Sports Information Office is always interested in helping members of the media in their coverage of the Crusader athletic programs. Om addotopm to this guide, updated releases, statistics, feature ideas, photographs and travel plans may be obtained by contacting the Sports Information Office at (734) 4325834. Please review the following policies and services that are intended to assist you in your coverage of MU athletics.


A graduate of Eastern Michigan University in 2000 with a degree public relations and communications, Fancett, 29, spent one year at Concordia University and four years as a student SID at his alma mater before joining the Madonna staff.

All interviews must be arranged through either Tony Baldwin, Sports Information Director or Matt Fancett, Assistant Athletics Director Media Relations, preferable 24 hours in advance. Generally, the best time to interview coaches and athletes is after practices and games.

Fancett and his wife Elizabeth (Regner), reside in Ypsilanti with their three children, Connor (7), Madeline (5) and Nina (1).

Media Services

Tony Baldwin - Sports Information Director In his first year with Madonna, Tony Baldwin assumes the duties as Sports Information Director for the Crusaders 11-sport program. Baldwin will work in conjunction with Fancett on the Madonna athletic website and all media publications and assume the daily function of Sports Information director for all 11 sports. Prior to joining the Madonna staff, Baldwin served as Director of Sports Information at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan from July 2003 to June 2005 and most recently as head softball coach and intramurals director at Concordia last season. During his time at Concordia, Baldwin served as the sole media liaison for the athletic department’s 10 varsity sports and oversaw a complete redesign of the athletic department website. Baldwin’s first experience in the sports information field came as an undergraduate student at Concordia where he worked under Fancett during his stint as sports information director in Ann Arbor. Most recently, Baldwin assisted Oakland University in March 2006 by serving as a member of the statistics crew at the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds held at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Baldwin, 25, is a 2003 graduate of Concordia University-Ann Arbor with a bachelor's degree in Communication and currently resides in Ypsilanti.


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Media/recruiting guides, game programs, game notes, rosters, and up-to-date results and statistics will be available at the press area to working members of the media prior to each MU home match/game.


A phone line will be made available at MU athletic events for visiting radio stations to broadcast MU home matches/games. Requests should be made one week prior to each match/game.

Crusaders on the Web

Madonna University current releases, rosters, updated statistics and team history can be found on the web throughout the season. Crusaders online can be accessed at

Sports Information Office

The Madonna University Sports Information Office can be found in on the first floor of the Activities Center, room 1714.

Phone Directory

Tony Baldwin (SID) Phone ____________________ (734) 432-5834 Matt Fancett (Asst. AD) Phone _________________ (734) 432-5610 SID Fax _________________________________ (734) 432-5555 Baldwin’s E-mail ____________________ Fancett’s E-mail ____________________ Athletic Phone ____________________________ (734) 432-5608 Athletic Fax _______________________________ (734) 432-5611 Volleyball Office ___________________________ (734) 432-5612

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Visiting Madonna Directions to Madonna University FROM DETROIT Take I-96 West to exit 173B, Levan Road. Turn right on Levan and turn into the second driveway on the left. That is the gym parking lot. Park at the south end (toward I-96) and the door facing I-96 is the main entrance to the gym. FROM THE NORTH/EAST SUBURBS Take I-696 West to I-275 south to I-96 east (exit is in the left two lines approximately 1 mile south of 6 mile). Immediately upon entering I-96 merge to the right and exit at Newburgh Rd./Levan Rd. Proceed straight on the I-96 service drive for ½ mile to Levan Rd. Turn left on Levan and follow to the second driveway on the left. That is the gym parking lot. Park at the south end (toward I-96) and the door facing I-96 is the main entrance to the gym.

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FROM THE SOUTH (OHIO) Take I-275 north to I-96 east. Stay in the right lane on I-96 and exit at the first ramp, Newburgh Rd./Levan Rd. Proceed straight on the I-96 service drive for ½ mile to Levan Rd. Turn left on Levan and follow to the second driveway on the left. That is the gym parking lot. Park at the south end (toward I-96) and the door facing I-96 is the main entrance to the gym. FROM THE SOUTH WEST (KALAMAZOO, JACKSON, ANN ARBOR) Take I-94 east to M-14 east to I-96 east. Immediately upon entering I96 merge to the right and exit at Newburgh Rd./Levan Rd. Proceed straight on the I-96 service drive for ½ mile to Levan Rd. Turn left on Levan and follow to the second driveway on the left. That is the gym parking lot. Park at the south end (toward I-96) and the door facing I96 is the main entrance to the gym. FROM THE WEST/NORTHWEST (GRAND RAPIDS/LANSING) Take I-96 east to I-275 south to I-96 east (exit is in the left two lines approximately 1 mile south of 6 mile). Immediately upon entering I-96 merge to the right and exit at Newburgh Rd./Levan Rd. Proceed straight on the I-96 service drive for ½ mile to Levan Rd. Turn left on Levan and follow to the second driveway on the left. That is the gym parking lot. Park at the south end (toward I-96) and the door facing I-96 is the main entrance to the gym. FROM THE NORTH (SAGINAW AND POINTS NORTH) Take I-75 south to US 23 south to I-96 east to I-275 south to I-96 east (exit is in the left two lines approximately 1 mile south of 6 mile). Immediately upon entering I-96 merge to the right and exit at Newburgh Rd./Levan Rd. Proceed straight on the I-96 service drive for ½ mile to Levan Rd. Turn left on Levan and follow to the second driveway on the left. That is the gym parking lot. Park at the south end (toward I-96) and the door facing I-96 is the main entrance to the gym.


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Jerry Abraham Head Coach • 20th Season • 771-204 (.791) • Eastern Michigan University, ‘76 Legendary coach Jerry Abraham returns to Madonna in 2006 for his 20th season guiding the Crusaders, in search of his 10th consecutive WHAC regular season championship. Abraham has built a program literally from the ground up at Madonna as the only coach the program has ever known. In his 19 years at the helm the Crusaders have become the perennial Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference favorite and a national power. Abraham’s success can be summed up by the events of 2004 when he was inducted into two separate Hall of Fame’s in the same year.

Coaching Honors

9 WHACCHAMPIONSHIP 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 8 NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

In September, Abraham became the lone member inducted into the innaguraly class of the newly established Madonna Athletics Hall of Fame. As part of a surprise ceremony at the annual student-athlete convocation held at Madonna, Abraham was presented with the honor. The athletic department at Madonna inducted Abraham on short notice to coincide with his induction into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in December. Abraham was recognized by the NAIA in the coaches category as the third winningest NAIA volleyball coach all-time. He was inducted as part of the 2005 National Championship banquet held just prior to the National Tournament in San Diego, California.

2 NAIA ‘FINAL FOUR’ TRIPS THREE-TIME District Coach-of-the-Year TWO-TIME Sectional Coach-of-the-Year FOUR-TIME WHAC Coach-of-the-Year FIVE-TIME Regional Coach-of-the-Year 2005 NAIA NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS NAIA (2004) Madonna University (2004)

Abraham directs the Madonna University volleyball program with a quiet yet reassuring confidence that is the unmistakable life blood of one of the nation’s most successful programs. It is a confidence not gleaned from the shine of numerous trophies and accolades bestowed upon the coach and the program, though no one would question if it was. In 19 seasons at Madonna, Abraham has collected wins at a staggering pace. Never having posted less than 29 wins in a season, he earned his 600th career victory at Madonna, on September 7th, 2002, with a win over Saginaw Valley State (only the third NAIA coach to reach the milestone) and has firmly entrenched the Crusaders among the elite programs in the nation. Abraham does not reflect on past successes. “Fans can get spoiled very quickly in athletics and that’s a problem,” Abraham said. “It’s not easy to be successful in anything when people get accustomed to specific results, it sometimes loses its effect on the players and they forget what it really takes to succeed and how important the journey really should be to their development.” Instead, Abraham addresses each new team and season on its own terms and his confidence lies in the ability and work ethic of his current players and coaching staff. “I’m not much of a believer in predicting a team’s level of success,” said Abraham. “I can only state that we’re going to do our best. If we’re good enough to win matches then we’re going to win matches, but if we lose it’s not going to be because we didn’t work hard and it’s not going to be because we rested on our program’s previous laurels.” For a good example of this statement, look no further than the 2003 season. Following the 2002 run to the “Final Four”


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the Crusaders had to deal with the loss of a pair of AllAmericans, only to return to San Diego and a spot in the National Quarterfinals. The 2003 season saw Madonna capture its second-consecutive perfect WHAC regular season (and seventh straight conference title), becoming the first team in conference history to pull off the feat. In addition, the 2003 Crusaders extended their home winning streak to 33 straight games (before falling to Cornerstone in the WHAC tournament), eclipsing the previous standard set from 1991-92. During the first 19 seasons of Madonna volleyball the team has never finished below .500 and has averaged nearly 43 wins per year. Abraham has amassed 771 wins and a .791 career winning percentage. Under his watch eight Crusader squads (‘93, ‘95, ’96, '00, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04 & ‘05) have advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Additionally, Madonna has been ranked in the NAIA Top 25 at some point during every season since 1993. Last year the Crusaders remained in the NAIA top 25 poll every week during the season, closing it out with a #3 final ranking before the post-season tournament, the highest final ranking in team history. While the team’s goals are the most important to Abraham and his staff, his teams have seen their fare share of individual accolades as a result of success. Abraham’s teams have produced seven NAIA First Team All-America’s, six Second Team All-America’s, four Third Team All-America’s and six Honorable Mention All-America’s. Also, Crusader volleyball players have been named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes 14 times in Abraham’s career. Abraham’s philosophy of a Madonna Volleyball family is readily apparent in the continued involvement of former players. Coach Abraham has built a solid program both on and off the court.

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Jerry Abraham WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING... Candace Moats - Indiana Wesleyan University "As a rival coach, I have faced Coach Abraham may times across the court, and, whether my team has beaten his, or his team has emerged victorious (which is most often the case), my opinion of Coach Abraham has remained the same, he has been and continues to be a professional of the highest caliber, a man of honor, and an excellent coach. When you play against Coach Abraham, you know three things: You will be facing a well-trained, cohesive unit; you will be facing a team that is fired-up with enthusiasm and the will to win; and, you will be facing a team that plays hard, but plays with fairness, integrity, and sportsmanship. These are the characteristics of any team that Coach Abraham coaches, and they are the marks of the man himself. It is an honor to call you one of my peers." Steve Burmaster - Cornerstone University "It was an honor to be present when Jerry Abraham was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame as Jerry got up and said, 'Thank you very much for this honor I don't really know what to say', he then went on for 10 minutes entertaining the crowd with additional stories and anecdotes-it was typical 'Jerry'. He is a fun guy and it was neat to see him 'work the room'-I think given a little more time, many of the student-athletes present would have transferred just to play for him!". Dave Moody - Dickinson State University "Jerry and his devoted staff gets talented area kids to figure out where Livonia, Michigan is actually located. The rest (as history details) takes care of itself."

Hall of Fame Coach - Stew McDole "Professional, thoughtful, intense and all with a ready smile. Jerry has out traveled and outplayed most of the NAIA and done so consistently over a 20-year span. His commitment to our game and his institution are consistently revealed through the quality of his teams and their penchant for success. Jerry is a true "Hall of Famer" who brings credit to us all." Brenda Williams - Olivet Nazarene University “You always know when you go up against Jerry's teams you are going up against a very strong, athletic team with great volleyball skills that are coming at you on all cylinders. You not only have to prepare for his team but also Jerry's ability to motivate his players to pick it up a notch when they need it most." Susan Clements - Georgetown College “Jerry is truly a great competitor. You know his team is always well prepared and ready to compete. He has built that program into a national power house and we enjoy matching up with them every year. It has become a rivalry for our girls. Jerry represents everything a coaching stands for! He has integrity, character, and morals which is hard to find today."

Madonna joined the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) in 1997 and Abraham promptly guided his squad to both the conference regular season and playoff championships in 1997 and 1998. The Crusaders again won the regular season championship in 1999 before dropping their first-ever WHAC postseason match. Responding to this adversity, the Crusaders rebounded to win both the WHAC regular-season and tournament titles again in 2000. In 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, Abraham again coached the Crusaders to the regular-season WHAC title. The most successful season yet came just last season when Abraham guided his team to a 48-2 record and another berth in the NAIA Final Four. The Crusaders advanced to the NAIA National Semi-finals, falling to eventual national champion California Baptist in five games, but finished the season as the third best team in the country. In each of Madonna's nine seasons in the WHAC, Abraham has guided his troops to an outright or shared conference championship. The Crusaders are 79-5 in regular season WHAC play and have dropped just two conference postseason matches. From 2002, 2003 and 2005, Abraham’s troops pulled off one of the most impressive runs in WHAC history, not losing a singe game en route to the perfect season. Abraham has been named NAIA District 23 Coach-of-the-Year three times, Great Lakes Sectional Coach-of-the-Year twice, WHAC Coach-of-the-Year twice and Great Lakes Region Coach-of-the-Year twice and last season added NAIA Region VIII Coach-of-the-Year honors as well. Additionally, in 1994 Abraham took over the softball program at Madonna and led the Crusaders to the NAIA World Series - meaning he took two separate teams to the NAIA National Tournament during the same academic year. Prior to his days at Madonna, Abraham compiled a 270-70 record at Bishop Borgess High School in Redford, Michigan. His Borgess teams won five district titles, three regional crowns, three Catholic League championships and finished Class A state runner-up in 1986 and Class B state runner-up in 1988. He has been named to the Bishop Borgess High School Hall of Fame as well as the Detroit Catholic League Hall of Fame. Abraham earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University (1976) with a major in Physical Education, a minor in English and Health Science and an Elementary Teaching Certificate. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, also from Eastern Michigan. Currently, Abraham is a full-time middle school Guidance Counselor in Taylor, MI and is also the Director of the Crusader Juniors AAU Volleyball program.


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Jerry Abraham The Jerry Abraham Coaching Philosophy

Jerry Abraham has taken Madonna from the regionally competitive level to that of an NAIA power since becoming the program’s first coach in 1987. The development has been complete and successful because of excellent talent and an equally sound method. Following is “The Abraham Coaching Philosophy:”

The Coach’s Role “I believe the coach has numerous roles that require constant review and attention, especially at the small college level.” “First, and foremost, is the recruitment of quality student-athletes. With effective coaching, studentathletes become the real key to a team’s success.” “Secondly, we as a staff have to relate to the players what we feel is important for their growth and success. All the knowledge in the world will prove to be useless if we can’t prepare our team for competition. We’ve shown this to be one of our strengths. I have great confidence in Tim, Brian and Erin that they will do whatever it takes to help the players improve and pursue their dreams.” “Third, we have to prepare the team both physically and mentally. The physical preparation is easy, as the entire Madonna environment encourages the pursuit of excellence both on and off the court. The mental aspect of our players’ development is one of the areas that I believe we are very strong in.” “Certainly our time in the WHAC has demonstrated to us the importance of making sure that the players are aware of what is going to be expected in a conference this strong. It’s been one of the strongest conference’s and region for some time, and they have to be prepared to deal with that.” “I contend the best way to see where our team is and where we aspire to be, is to play the nation’s best teams. Our administration has allowed us to truly compete annually for the national championship.” “I think our role here is to attract the type of player that wants to be at Madonna, understands what we are about and knows what it will take to fit into our program. I don’t want to be in the position where we are going to have to be saying one thing to get a player interested in Madonna and then change our story once the athlete arrives on campus. So I am interested in people who are willing to be up front in what they see in their own development and what we can do to help them succeed.” “Recruiting seems so intense now and so difficult because of money issues and other schools that are going after the same players. We are competing against Division I teams, not to mention the Division II, III and other NAIA schools.

Fundamentals “Fundamentals are key. I think it’s a tedious process, but you need to spend a lot of time on them. We try to recruit student-athletes that are great volleyball players but the game always comes down to fundamentals. I will not sacrifice the time necessary to develop a strong foundation. This is where a team's discipline and confidence is first introduced and developed. Our commitment to each team is for every one of our players to be challenged to become the best they can be every day. I know our players are constantly improving their game here. We constantly drive it into our players during the preseason. Volleyball is a sixfaceted game and each facet starts with fundamentals.”

Team Play

“Team play really deals with volleyball being the ultimate team sport. The greatest thing you can talk about is the opportunity for a team to compete for a national championship. You must communicate and sacrifice to be successful. All the players must possess a wide variety of skills and be willing and able to play together. My approach is to select the best combination of players who will play together and at the same time seek to fulfill their own roles and goals.” “The team that is willing to emphasize the pursuit of excellence at its own personal expense is the team that most often succeeds. Our success over the years, where we have won our conference and advanced to the national quarterfinal and semifinal matches, continues to reinforce those beliefs.”

Team Defense “Team defense is one of the aspects of coaching that I really enjoy. It has always been one of the staples of our program. The pursuit of the ball in a game can only occur through preparation and repetition. I believe that everyone in the program has to rally around certain concepts. At Madonna, we play hard, controlled defense, which means every player pursues every ball or they are taken out. I believe if you train hard, then the game itself begins to be easy. If a player starts making decisions on what ball they think they can get and what they think is somebody else’s ball, that’s when we try to make some adjustment and get someone else involved in the play. If you don’t have defense you don't have a good pass. If you don’t have a good pass, you don’t have a good set. If you don’t have a good set, you don’t have a good shot. Defense starts it all.”

The Student-Athlete “The term student-athlete is a very valid one here at Madonna and in the WHAC. We recruit not only quality athletes, but quality students as well. There is no question in my mind that the well rounded individual will be better prepared to deal with the numerous challenges faced in life. The programs available at Madonna are geared for success. The opportunity to pursue your potential, both academically and athletically, is in place and working well here.” “Our cumulative GPA has always been high, one of


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the best on campus. I think if you are looking for responsible athletes, people you can rely on for the long term, you have to go after the best studentathlete you can, simple as that.”

The WHAC “The WHAC is a conference that is totally committed to the pursuit of excellence. The opportunity to play in the WHAC truly enhances our program. It’s a great environment in which to compete. The overall competition of the league has increased exponentially in the time we have been a member and I am looking forward to watching it grow more and more.”

Madonna University “I think it speaks for itself that I am starting my 20th year here and I probably wouldn’t have lasted more than two or three of those if I didn’t believe in Madonna and the mission of this University and what we are all doing here as a coaching staff, athletic and academic administration.”

The Fans “I think they are the best in the WHAC. It is a very loyal group, as evidenced by the pictures you can see in my office. You will notice the same faces in the stands at those games as you see today. This is truly a family atmosphere. Many of our former players, not to mention their families are still here. We don’t always have the largest numbers, but the people that are involved are consistent and passionate. It is a very intimate group, which I like.”

Recruiting “We look for kids that are going to stay for four years. We look for well rounded student-athletes that are going to get better in their time here and want to work at getting better. You have to try to bring in talented players, but you have to consider character and bring in good kids in the process.”

Staff “I feel positive about the staff. I think it’s great to have Brian (McClain), Erin (Shrewsbury) and now Ashley (Frost). I respect what they have to say and the players can turn to them and get good feed back and not be dependent on having to interact with me all of the time. An additional benefit that I think is important in our philosophy is that we try and look at the strengths of the players and the strengths of what’s available. “Our staff has been very consistent, very solid over the years. We break up the responsibilities which works well for us. Brian handles the majority of our planning because frankly he is phenomenal at it and loves to do it. Erin has been with us as a player and now as a great compliment to our staff. She helps us with drill-work, game day preparation. I think Ashley is going to be a great addition and will be the perfect person to work with our setters and help with game management. I have to also mention Trevor McClain, our team manager who we also rely on heavily. Everyone on staff contributes equally and I am very grateful for them.”

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Ed Tolentino

Assistant Coach • First Season Assistant Coach Ed Tolentino joins Abraham’s staff for his first season in 2006. Tolentino is a former University of Michigan and Michigan State University assistant as well as spending time at Oakland University as the Head Volleyball Coach. Tolentino replaces longtime assistant Tim DeBeliso who retired following 12-seasons on the MU bench and several more alongside Abraham at Bishop Borgess High School. "Replacing Tim was a very difficult task," Abraham said. " In fact, you can't replace someone that has been a part of this for so long and is such a personal friend. We have coached a long time together and that is something you can't replace, but with that in mind, I couldn't be happier to find Ed." Tolentino comes to Madonna from the University of Michigan where he spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach for the Wolverines. Prior to his time in Ann Arbor, Tolentino served as an assistant coach at Michigan State in 2004, assisting with all aspects of the program including scouting and technology. Prior to his stint with the Spartans, Tolentino served as first assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University. With Tolentino on staff, EMU qualified for two MAC Tournaments and posted a record of 48-19, including a 27-7 mark in 2002. "Ed is an excellent coach and person," commented Abraham. "He relates to players at the college level very well and is very sound technically, understands the game at a high level while able to adjust to the players at all levels." Most recently, Tolentino served as head tier trainer with the Premier Volleyball Organization helping their 18s qualify for nationals. Tolentino also spent six seasons at Oakland University, serving as head coach from 1999-2002 after working as an assistant coach from 1997-98. In addition, he has worked for USA Volleyball within the state of Michigan and with the Junior National Team High Performance camp tryouts. Prior to Tolentino taking over the Oakland volleyball program, he served as a certified athletic trainer with the Detroit Tigers from February of 1999 to December of 1999. Along with his current duties at Madonna, Tolentino is serving as the club director and head tier trainer for the M-Juniors Volleyball Club. With the M-Juniors, Tolentino has assisted with recruitment within the organization as well as leading the 18-year old team to a national tournament bid in their first year of existence. A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy (1997), Tolentino received his bachelor's degree in sports medicine in 1997. He also attended Macomb College from 1991-94, where he played on the Macomb volleyball team, serving as team captain his final year.


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Brian McClain Assistant Coach • 17th Season In his 17th season, Brian McClain continues to work hand-in-hand with coach Abraham while overseeing many of the logistics of the Madonna Volleyball program. McClain serves as the teams operations director handling all aspects of travel for the Crusaders. When it comes to plane tickets, hotel reservations and tour guides, Brian plays an integral role. Brian also serves a crucial role for the Crusaders on the bench as the team statistician. In addition to his duties with Madonna, Brian has acted as the NAIA Sectional Coordinator and Regional rater the past several seasons and will continue his role as Conference rater in 2004.

McClain is also a co-director of the Madonna AAU program. The Crusader Juniors Volleyball program has proven to be an enormous asset to many young athletes in and around the area for many years. This program has allowed many players the additional opportunity to demonstrate their skill and talent to college coaches across the country. With a number of former players now attending universities across the country on volleyball scholarships, Crusader Juniors has become one of the most recognized junior programs in the country. Most importantly, it has given many young ladies the opportunity to continue in the fun of competitive volleyball. When not helping run one of the top teams in the nation, Brian works as a sales consultant for McNish Sports and Trophy in Novi. Brian and his wife Lynn have one son, Trevor, and the family resides in Livonia.


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Erin Shrewsbury

Assistant Coach • 6th Season Erin Shrewsbury returns to the 2006 Crusaders coaching staff for her sixth season. Another in a long line of star players turned coach for the Crusaders. Shrewsbury is responsible for drill-work in practice with the defensive unit as well as game preparation. Shrewsbury played under her maiden name of Erin Gregoire from 1994-97 and boasts an impressive resume of volleyball achievements. During her playing career, Erin earned both All-Region and All-Conference First Team honors. Additionally, she was named Academic All-Conference as well as earning All-America Scholar Athlete honors twice. She still can be found on the career and single season record boards today. She ranks sixth all-time in games played and third in career digs (2,296). She checks in at both fifth and eighth in single season digs and eighth in games played in a season. Shrewsbury was a member of the 1996 Crusaders squad that posted a 52-6 record, the highest win total in school history. Erin completed her degree in Elementary Education and Master’s of Teaching before moving on to teach sixth grade at St. Michael’s in Livonia. Following the 2003 campaign, Shrewsbury, who married former Madonna baseball star and All-American Aaron Shrewsbury, celebrated the birth of the couples first child, son Caleb Gregoire Shrewsbury on June 23rd.

IN THE BOOKS Erin Shrewsbury still holds several single season and career records in the MU volleyball history books. Below is a look at where she stands.




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Ashley Frost Assistant Coach • First Season The newest addition to the Madonna coaching staff in 2006 is one of the most decorated volleyball players in Crusader history, Ashley Frost. Frost will serve as an assistant coach, working with the setters and helping with game management and planning. Frost is fresh off her playing career at Madonna which culminated last season after leading the team to the NAIA ‘Final Four’ and #3 national ranking as the teams setter. Frost was named a first team All-American after posting 2,222 assists.

On September 10, 2005, Frost set the school career assist record in a home victory over Daeman College when she recorded her 5,146th career helper. Her magical senior season continued, helping the Crusaders to a perfect 40-0 regular season record on her way to conference and regional Setter-of-the-Year honors. In four years on the court, Frost led Madonna to four WHAC championships and four trips to the NAIA National Tournament, including two “Final Four” appearances. As a junior Frost posted 2,006 assists, good for tops in the WHAC and fourth in the nation while finishing second in the country in assists per game with 13.1. She reached double-digit assists in every game, eclipsing the 30-assist mark all but two times and reaching 40 or more assists 29 times. She also put together six matches of 60 plus assists including a string of four straight in the postseason and a season high 69 assists versus Cornerstone, November 20, 2004. As a sophomore, Frost became the top setter in the nation in her first season as a starter, leading the country in total assists (2,255) and assists per game (13.42). Those totals were also tops on the team and in the WHAC. ... posted a career high 45 assists in a WHAC victory at Concordia (10/17/03) ... was named WHAC Setter of the Week a record six times in 2003 including three straight weeks from October 6 through 20 ... earned NAIA National Setter of the Week honors on September 8th for a 50 assist, three match performance ... recorded double-digit assists in every match, and never fewer than 25 in a match all season ... posted double-double’s in 27 matches including six of the final eight matches ... also became one of the top blockers on the team with 87 total blocks on the season ... perfected the dump shot for a total of 91 kills on the year.

IN THE BOOKS Ashley Frost holds several single season and career records in the MU volleyball history books. Below is a look at where she stands.




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Player Biographies

Caryn Inman #8 6-1 • Junior Middle Hitter

Oxford High School Oxford, Michigan CAREER HIGHS Kills 21 vs. Cedarville (12-1-04) Attacks 43 vs. Cal Baptist (12-3-05) Hitting Percentage .857 vs. Northwood (9-23-05) Assists 2 (two times) Aces 4 vs. Wilmington (9-24-04) Digs 7 (two times) Blocks 13 vs. Spring Arbor (10-4-03)

HONORS AND AWARDS 2006 Preseason All-WHAC 2005 NAIA All-American HM 2005 First Team All-Region VIII 2005 First Team All-WHAC 2005 Academic All-WHAC 2005 Preseason All-WHAC 2004 First Team All-WHAC 2004 All-Tournament (Julie Martin) 2004 All-Tournament (MU Classic) 2003 WHAC All-Freshman Team

ABOUT CARYN Nickname(s): Gums Favorite Childhood Toy: Mom’s necklaces, high heels and magazines so I could play dress up. Dream Job: Being the person who wipes the sweat off the floor while the Pistons are playing.


2006: Outlook

Caryn Inman continues to blossom into a major force in the middle of the Crusaders lineup. After earning first team All-Conference honors in 2004, she is picked to repeat that feat in 2005. One of the top blocking middle’s in the WHAC, Inman’s tall build and long arms give opponents a major matchup problem.

2005: Junior Season

Saw action in 159 games for Madonna ... third on the team in kills (470) ... led the team in solo blocks with 53 and added 140 block assists for a total of 193 blocks, another top mark on the squad ... also recorded 29 digs and eight assists in her junior campaign ... set a career high with 43 attacks against #3 California Baptist during the NAIA Final Four ... set another career high with an .857 hitting percentage against Northwood (FL) during the Pepsi Bash at the Beach on September 23, 2005 ... earned several postseason accolades, including NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, First Team All-Region, First Team All-WHAC and Academic All-Conference.

2004: Sophomore Season

Played and started all 47 matches for the Crusaders as a sophomore ... posted 566 kills, good for third on the team ... was one of the top blockers in the conference with 157 total stuffs ... finished third in the nation in hitting percentage at .468 ... set a new career high for kills with 21 versus Cedarville (12/1/04) at the NAIA National Championships ... tallied 30 double-digit kill performances ... posted at least one block in all but three contests ... was named first team All-Conference.

2003: Freshman Season

Became a key contributor for the Crusaders as a true freshman ... appeared in 48 matches and 165 games ... posted career first kill and block in season opener versus Rochester (8/22/03) ... notched a then career high 14 kills in WHAC Tournament title game versus Cornerstone (11/15/03) ... posted double-digits in kills 14 times including twice at the NAIA National Tournament ... burst onto the scene at the Fort Lewis Tournament posting 11 kills to go with four blocks in first career start ... earned All-Freshman honors from WHAC coaches after ending season with 362 kills and 173 blocks to lead all conference freshman in each category.

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Player Biographies a

Caryn Inman

High School:

Four year letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and track ... most improved player as a freshman ... honorable mention AllConference as a freshman and sophomore in the Flint Metro Conference ... best front row player as a sophomore and junior... All-League first team as a junior ... Class A All-Region as a junior ... two-time team captain ... voted teams most valuable player by her coaches as a junior ... posted 403 kills, 181 digs, 275 blocks and 17 assists as a junior ... two-time state qualifier in the 400 meter dash ... undefeated three-time league champion in the 400 ... regional champion and team MVP as a junior and senior ... led team to a 76-15 record in her four years as a basketball player ... All-Conference selection all four years in basketball ... second team All-County and All-Area as a senior ... AllState Honorable mention as a senior ... voted as teams MVP ... scored 982 career points ... four year honor roll member.


Full name is Caryn Lee Inman ... daughter of Gary and Diana Inman ... born on November 8, 1984, in Pontiac, Michigan ... majoring in Biology and Secondary Education.

Coach Abraham Says:

“Caryn is going to be a go to player for us this season and will be a leader on the floor. She is very explosive hitter and will be someone who is dominant at the net. We will rely on Caryn day-in and day-out.”

INMAN’S CAREER STATISTICS Year 2003 2004 2005 Career

MP-GP 48-165 47-153 50-159 145-477

K 362 566 470 1398

E 80 73 69 222

TA 699 1053 848 2600

Pct. .403 .468 .473 .452

Asst 12 9 8 29

Aces 24 6 0 30

Digs 128 39 29 196

BS 50 34 53 137

BA 123 123 140 386

TB 173 157 193 523

KPG 2.19 3.70 2.96 2.93

APG 0.07 0.06 0.05 0.06


SAPG 0.15 0.04 0.00 0.06

DPG 0.78 0.25 0.17 0.41

BPG 1.02 1.03 1.23 1.10

2006 Madonna Volleyball

Player Biographies

Heather Spooner #6 6-0 • Senior Middle Hitter Woodhaven High School Woodhaven, Michigan

CAREER HIGHS Kills 10 at Aquinas (10-7-03) Attacks 22 vs. Lubbock Christ. (10-10-03)

2006: Outlook

Spooner will again be a key contributor up front for the Crusaders in her junior season. A tireless worker, Spooner has improved her game each off season and looks to have her best season to date as a junior.

2005: Junior Season

Aces 2 at Warner Southern (10-2705)

Competed in 146 games for Madonna ... was seventh on the squad in kills (119) ... posted 85 assists and 79 total blocks on the year ... scored a season high seven kills against Aquinas (11-4-05) ... posted a season high five blocks against St. Francis (IL) on October 23, 2005 ... set a career season record with six assists at Palm Beach Atlantic (9-24-05) ... posted a career high two service aces at Warner Southern (10-27-05) ... named Academic All-Conference and earned the WHAC Champions of Character award for volleyball.

Digs 3 (eight times)

2004: Sophomore Season

Hitting Percentage .750 vs. Rochester (8-22-03) Assists 6 at Palm Beach Atlantic (9-2405)

Blocks 6 (four times)

HONORS AND AWARDS 2005 Academic All-WHAC 2005 Champions of Character


Played in 139 games for the Crusaders .. missed four matches with a ankle injury toward the end of the season ... returned to the lineup for the postseason run ... tallied 163 kills in 368 attempts ... finished second on the team in blocks with 102 including 88 assists and 14 solos ... contributed 22 digs and seven set assists ... posted a season high eight kills twice, in back to back games versus Siena Heights and at Saginaw Valley State November 4th and 6th ... tied her career high of six blocks three times during the season, most recently versus St. Mary (NE) at the NAIA National Championships.

2003: Freshman Season

Nickname(s): Spoon Favorite Childhood Toy: Coloring books and the 64 pack of Crayola crayons with the sharpener in the back. Favorite Store In The Mall: The Buckle...tall girls have to get long jeans somewhere, right? Must Have On Road Trips: Plenty of music.

Contributed off the bench for the Crusaders as a true freshman in the middle ... saw action in 28 matches and 79 games ... got first career start vs. Biola (8/23/04) at Fort Lewis Tournament ... recorded four kills, one dig and a block in starting debut ... recorded first career kill and block versus Rochester College (8/22/04) ... posted first career dig vs. Biola (8/23/04) ... finished inaugural campaign with 80 kills in 194 attempts ... tallied 39 total blocks on the season ... notched season and career high 10 kills in victory at Aquinas (10/7/04).

Most Prized Possession: A picture of my friend Tommy and I. My First Paying Job: A summer camp counselor.


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Introduction a

Heather Spooner High School:

Four year varsity letterwinner in volleyball and basketball ... selected to the University of Michigan All-Tournament team as a freshman ... honorable mention All-Region selection as a sophomore ... as a junior, was selected to the First team All-Area and All-Downriver teams ... also named to the News-Herald AllTournament team and tournament MVP ... as a senior, selected by her teammates as team captain ... first team All-League, All Region and Downriver Dream Team member ... also captained the basketball team her senior season ... numerous offcourt activities where she carried a 3.9 GPA as a National Honor Society member ... also active as a peer mentor, Student Council Executive Board member and honor roll member.


Full name is Heather Ann Spooner ... daughter of John and Shelly Spooner ... born on July 9, 1985, in Dearborn, Michigan ... majoring in Language Arts.

Coach Abraham Says:

“Heather is another experience player that we will look to give us a very consistent performance each night. She has a good attack from the right side with good hands for a right side blocker. What we like best about Heather is that each night she provides a very consistent performance and is someone we can count on from match to match.”

SPOONER’S CAREER STATISTICS Year 2003 2004 2005 Career

MP-GP 28-79 43-139 50-146 121-364

K 80 163 119 362

E 30 54 40 124

TA 194 368 354 916

Pct. .258 .296 .223 .260

Asst 16 7 85 108

Aces 0 0 2 2

Digs 25 22 21 68

BS 10 14 10 34

BA 29 88 69 186

TB 39 102 79 220

KPG 1.01 1.17 0.82 0.99

APG 0.20 0.05 0.58 0.30


SAPG 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.01

DPG 0.32 0.16 0.14 0.19

BPG 0.49 0.73 0.54 0.60

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Player Biographies

Jacqui Gatt #4 5-7 • Junior Outside Hitter Churchill High School Livonia, Michigan

2006: Outlook


Jacqui Gatt established herself in 2004 as a solid allaround player for the Crusaders. In 2005, Gatt will spend more time at her natural outside hitter position, but will be looked upon to contribute defensively and as one of the teams top returning servers. Has added a potent jump-serve to her arsenal and can also fill in as the teams Libero if needed.

Kills 10 vs. Robert Morris (9-23-04) Attacks 23 at Aquinas (10-4-05) Hitting Percentage 1.000 (three times)

2005: Sophomore Season

Assists 2 (six times)

Played in 158 of Madonna’s 159 games during the year ... recorded 34 kills and 10 assists ... was tops on the team in service aces (88) ... third on the team in digs with 476 (3.01 per game) ... posted a season high 18 digs at the College of the Ozarks (9-3-05) ... set a career high with 23 attacks at Aquinas on October 4, 2005 ... named Second Team All-WHAC in a vote by league coaches.

Aces 4 (five times) Digs 31 vs. Cornerstone (11-20-04) Blocks 3 vs. Aquinas (11-12-04)

2004: Freshman Season

HONORS AND AWARDS 2005 Second Team All-WHAC 2004 WHAC All-Freshman Team

ABOUT JACQUI Nickname(s): Jack, Gatt, Gatter Favorite Childhood Toy: Sit-N-Spin Favorite Store In The Mall: The Buckle Must Have On Road Trips: Pillow and blanket. Most Prized Possession: Cell phone. Dream Job: High school athletic director.

Appeared in 123 games for the Crusaders as a true freshman ... saw first game action in the season opener when she recorded four digs in a victory over Notre Dame College (8/24/04) ... posted her first kill versus Franciscan University (9/4/04) and reached double-digits for the first time versus Robert Morris (9/23/04) ... posted 25 digs while playing Libero for an injured DeNardin versus Cornerstone (8/28/04) ... reached double figures in digs 13 times including each of the final seven matches while again subbing for DeNardin as the Libero ... earned WHAC All-Freshman team honors.

named First Team All Area, All Metro, WLAA All-Conference , MHSAA All Regional, MSHAA Honorable Mention All State ... was also voted Team MVP ... was recruited heavily in soccer as well by numerous schools including Madonna ... chose to play only volleyball collegiately after being named team’s most aggressive and best passer.

High School:

Coach Abraham Says:

A two year letterwinner at Livonia Churchill High School in both volleyball and soccer ... earned numerous accolades in both sports including All-Division, and All-Region in both sports and All-Observerland in volleyball ... was elected team captain while recording 377 kills and school records in digs with 612, and aces with 83 as a senior...earned senior honors as Detroit Free Press Student of the Week while being

“Jacqui is a real explosive and dynamic player. She is a standout defensively and fits the stereotype of other players that have played the libero position at Madonna. She is a good passer and will be the core of our team in the passing game as well as a leader on defense.”

Personal: Full name is Jacqueline Gatt ... daughter of Mike and Lori Gatt ... born on August 4, 1986 in Livonia, Michigan ... majoring in Sports Management.

GATT’S CAREER STATISTICS Year 2004 2005 Career 26

MP-GP 47-123 50-158 97-281

K 41 34 75

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E 15 11 26

TA 152 154 206

Pct. .386 .149 .238

Asst 13 10 23

Aces 42 88 130

Digs 377 476 853

BS 3 1 4

BA 4 3 7

TB 7 4 11

KPG 0.44 0.22 0.27

APG 0.11 0.06 0.08

SAPG 0.34 0.56 0.46

DPG 3.07 3.01 3.04

BPG 0.06 0.03 0.04

Player Biographies a

Amy Szymanski #2 5-7 • Junior a Defensive Specialist Ladywood High School a Redford, Michigan a

2004: Freshman Season


Saw action in 84 games as a true freshman in 2004 ... first collegiate game action came versus Notre Dame College in the UM-Dearborn Early Bird Invitational (8/24/04) when she recorded her first career assist and ace ... added her first college dig when she posted three versus Indiana Wesleyan (8/28/04) ... first collegiate kill came at Webber International (10/28/04) ... posted a pair of service aces in MU’s upset of No. 1 ranked Fresno Pacific at the NAIA National Tournament when she reeled off the final points to seal the match ... finished the season with 10 assists, 13 aces and 75 digs.

Kills 2 at Urbana (8-26-05) Attacks 2 (two times) Hitting Percentage 1.000 at Webber Intl. (10-28-04) Assists 2 (five times) Aces 6 at Taylor (10-23-05)

High School: Comes to Madonna from nearby Ladywood High School where she was a three-year letterwinner...helped lead team to three straight district championships from 20012003...elected team captain as a senior...piloted team to regional title while being named to All-Area and AllCatholic teams.

2006: Outlook

Amy Szymanski returns for her sophomore season after appearing in 40 matches as a true freshman. Szymanski has worked hard in the off-season to develop her overall skill which could lead to increased playing time for the talented defender. One of the more reliable servers on the squad, Szymanski shined in the final game of 2005, when she served the final points in MU’s upset win over No. 1 ranked Fresno Pacific. With that confidence carrying over to the 2005 campaign, Szymanski should be a player to watch for the Crusaders in 2005.

2005: Sophomore Season

Digs 17 at Georgetown (8-27-05) Blocks 1 vs. Siena Heights (11-4-04)



Full name is Amy Lynn Szymanski ... daughter of Richard and Judith Szymanski ... born on June 22, 1986, in Redford, Michigan ... majoring in Nursing.

Nickname(s): “Am”

Coach Abraham Says:

Favorite Childhood Toy: Sidewalk chalk and pogo stick (wasn’t that yours?).

“Amy is a very consistent defensive performer. We will rely on her experience this season. She has a great serve and we will count on her to be a primary passer and a defensive standout.”

Favorite Store In The Mall: Target (it was in the mall where I grew up).

Competed in 47 matches and 108 games for Madonna ... set a career high with six service aces at Taylor University on October 23, 2005 ... posted a career high with 17 digs at Georgetown (KY) on August 27, 2005 ... also recorded another career high during the season with two kills at Urbana (8-2605) ... finished the season with 149 digs (1.38 per game), 25 service aces, 12 assists and five kills.

My Special Talent Is: Acting like an old lady. Must Have On Road Trips: Candy. Dream Job: Takin over for Vanna White or being Oprah’s sidekick.


MP-GP 40-84 47-108 87-192

K 1 5 6

E 0 2 2

TA 3 11 14

Pct. .333 .273 .286

Asst 10 12 22

Aces 13 25 38

Digs 75 149 224

BS 0 0 0

BA 1 0 1

TB 1 0 1

KPG 0.01 0.05 0.03

APG 0.12 0.11 0.11


SAPG 0.15 0.23 0.20

DPG 0.89 1.38 1.17

BPG 0.01 0.00 0.01

2006 Madonna Volleyball

Player Biographies

Stephanie Parslow #18 6-3 • Sophomore Middle Hitter Dakota High School Clinton Township, Michigan

CAREER HIGHS Kills 3 (three times) Attacks 6 (two times) Hitting Percentage 1.000 at Concordia (10-14-05) Assists 1 (three times)

2006: Outlook Stephanie Parslow returns for her sophomore season after appearing in 40 matches as a true freshman. Szymanski has worked hard in the off-season to develop her overall skill which could lead to increased playing time for the talented defender. One of the more reliable servers on the squad, Szymanski shined in the final game of 2005, when she served the final points in MU’s upset win over No. 1 ranked Fresno Pacific. With that confidence carrying over to the 2005 campaign, Szymanski should be a player to watch for the Crusaders in 2005.

2005: Freshman Season

Aces None Digs 1 (two times) Blocks 4 at Florida Memorial (9-23-05)


Played in 57 games and 31 matches as a true freshman for the Crusaders ... posted 19 kills on 52 attempts with a .269 hitting percentage ... marked down for 19 total blocks, including three solo blocks ... set a career high with three kills, most recently on October 14, 2005 at Concordia ... set another career high with four blocks at Florida Memorial on September 23, 2005.

Prior to Madonna: Spent one year at Macomb Community College, playing only basketball.

Nickname(s): “P” and Buffy.

High School:

Favorite Childhood Toy: Barbies. Favorite Store In The Mall: H&M and The Buckle. My Special Talent Is: I can make an amazing bird noise with my mouth.

Coach Abraham Says: “Stephanie has come a long way in the spring and has taken her game to a higher level with an outstanding work ethic. She presents a big block at the net and is very strong. She is working at the middle and right side hitter positions and is another force at the net.”

Was a three-year letterwinner for Dakota high school ... earned third team All-County and team MVP accolades as a senior ... was named All-County and All-Conference honorable mention following junior campaign ... was named All-Conference honorable mention following sophomore season.


Must Have On Road Trips: Music and a pillow.

Full name is Stephanie Marie Parslow ... daughter of Tim and Susan Parslow ... born on April 24, 1986, in Dakota, Michigan ... majoring in Secondary Education.

Most Prized Possession: My teddy bear, Ralph! Dream Job: Being a professional country singer.

PARSLOW’S CAREER STATISTICS Year MP-GP 2005 31-57 Career 31-57


K 19 19

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E 5 5

TA 52 52

Pct. .269 .269

Asst 3 3

Aces 0 0

Digs 2 2

BS 3 3

BA 16 16

TB 19 19

KPG 0.33 0.33

APG 0.05 0.05

SAPG DPG BPG 0.00 0.04 0.33 0.00 0.04 0.33

Player Biographies a

Lubovj Tihomirova #3 6-3 • Sophomore a Outside Hitter Rigas Gymnasia a Riga, Latvia a

High School:


Tihomirova helped lead the Latvian national team to the Latvian championship and was an All-Team selection in the junior European Championships as a senior ... helped her team to a second place finish in the Baltic Cup, Latvia Championships and European Championships as a junior ... also helped her squad to a third place finish and AllTeam selection at the Spring Cup ... as a sophomore she was named MVP of the Baltic Cup while leading her team to the title ... also helped squad to the Rigas Championship Cup and Latvian Championship titles.

Kills 11 at Illinois Tech (10-21-05) Attacks 30 at UM-Dearborn (11-1-05) Hitting Percentage .714 vs. Concordia (9-13-05) Assists 1 (seven times)


Aces 3 vs. UM-Dearborn (10-7-05)

Full name is Lubovj Tihomirova ... daughter of Gerogj and Valentina Tihomirova ... born on June 25, 1986, in Riga, Latvia ... undecided in her major at Madonna University.

Digs 2 (five times)

Coach Abraham Says: 2006: Outlook Lubovj Tihomirova established herself in 2004 as a solid allaround player for the Crusaders. In 2005, Gatt will spend more time at her natural outside hitter position, but will be looked upon to contribute defensively and as one of the teams top returning servers. Has added a potent jump-serve to her arsenal and can also fill in as the teams Libero if needed.

“Lubovj is a dominant front row hitter and blocker. She is a big strong player that can attack a variety of shots and has the ability to get a number of kills. She will be a tough player for opponents to stop this season. She is a go to player that we will rely on to be high on the statistics in kills each night.”

Blocks 6 vs. Windsor (9-30-05)

HONORS AND AWARDS 2005 WHAC All-Freshman Team

ABOUT LUBOVJ Nickname(s): Lubanja, Lubashka

2005: Freshman Season Another first year player that established herself quickly with the Crusaders, earning WHAC All-Freshman team honors ... played in 77 games as a true freshman ... sixth on the team in kills with 136 (1.77 per game) ... posted 45 total blocks in her first year, including 10 solo blocks ... set a career high with 11 kills at Illinois Tech (Oct. 21, 2005) ... recorded a career high six blocks versus Windsor (9-30-05).

Favorite Store In The Mall: Guess. My Special Talent Is: Listen people, volleyball is my priority. Must Have On Road Trips: My camera and my friends. My First Paying Job: Waitress. Dream Job: President of the United States.


K 136 136

E 30 30

TA 331 331

Pct. .320 .320

Asst 7 7

Aces 3 3

Digs 21 21

BS 10 10

BA 35 35

TB 45 45

KPG 1.74 1.74

APG 0.09 0.09


SAPG DPG BPG 0.04 0.27 0.58 0.04 0.27 0.58

2006 Madonna Volleyball

Player Biographies

Whitney Fuelling #12 5-10 • Junior Outside Hitter Milford High School Highland, Michigan

Prior to Madonna:

Spent one year at Western Michigan University ... at WMU, she competed on the Broncos track team, placing third at the prestigious Penn Relays in the Heptathalon with 4,725 total points ... also finished fourth at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships in the heptathalon ... a member of the Dean's List at WMU ... also attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College during the 2004-05 school year ... Fuelling was a member of the KVCC volleyball team that won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference championship.

High School:

Earned three varsity letters in volleyball at Milford HS ... twice named Player-of-the-Year in the Kensington Valley Conference ... also earned All-County, All-Region and All-

ABOUT WHITNEY Nickname(s): Whit-dawg. Favorite Childhood Toy: Ninja Turtles.

State Honorable Mention honors during her career ... is the school's record holder in kills, kills per game and attempts ... recorded 72 service aces, 483 kills and 377 digs as a senior.

Favorite Store In The Mall: Sharper Image.


My Special Talent Is: Zena call.

Full name is Whitney Anne Fuelling ... daughter of Craig and Karen Fuelling ... has one brother Stephen and two sisters, Erin and Claire ... born on May 3, 1986 ... majoring in Nursing.

Coach Abraham Says:

“Whitney is the best athlete on the team. She is very explosive and fast and can play various positions because of her athleticism. She has a whip for an arm and will be a threat in the front row. She also has the ability to be a solid defensive player and a primary passer.”

Must Have On Road Trips: Sudoku. Most Prized Possession: My bed. My First Paying Job: Babysitting.

Tara Garman #1 6-0 • Freshman Middle Hitter Goodrich High School Goodrich, Michigan

High School: Earned four varsity letters in volleyball at Goodrich HS ... as a senior, she was named All-State Honorable Mention, First Team All-GAC , All-District and All-Region while compiling 667 kills, 128 service aces and 130 solo blocks ... named First Team All-GAC, All-District and All-Region as a junior ... during her sophomore season, she earned First Team AllGAC honors ... member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll and earned the Kiwanis Student-Athlete award as a senior.

Personal: Full name is Tara Kay Garman ... daughter of Jeff and Cheri Garman ... has one brother, Kori, who played baseball at


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ABOUT TARA Nickname(s): “T” Favorite Childhood Toy: Teddy bear.

Saginaw Valley State in Saginaw, Michigan ... born on August 27, 1988 ... majoring in Nursing.

Coach Abraham Says: “Tara is someone who is learning day by day. Her biggest challenge early is the speed of the game at the collegiate level. She is very similar to Caryn Inman and has nice range at the net and will eventually be a fine tuned middle hitter.”

Favorite Store In The Mall: American Eagle. Must Have On Road Trips: Munchies/chips. Most Prized Possession: Ring. My First Paying Job: Babysitting.

Player Biographies a

Inta Grinvalds #9

5-8 • Freshman a Setter Portage Central High School Portage, Michigan

ABOUT INTA Nickname(s): Ta Favorite Childhood Toy: Barbies. Favorite Store In The Mall: Abercrombie & Fitch. My Special Talent Is: My thumbs are double jointed. Must Have On Road Trips: Friends. Most Prized Possession: All of my pictures.

High School:


A four year varsity letterwinner in volleyball at Portage Central HS ... voted team MVP while leading her team to conference and district championships and a fourth place statewide ranking as a senior ... earned Kalamazoo Gazette Prep Star of the Week in February 2006 ... named Third Team All-State and also named to the Southwest Michigan AllRegion team.

Full name is Inta Lija Grinvalds ... daughter of Karlis and Ruta Grinvalds ... her father, Karlis, played volleyball at Ohio State University (1979-83) ... has one brother, Andris, and one sister, Larisa ... born on November 21, 1987 ... majoring in PreMed.

Coach Abraham Says: “Inta is a setter that we are going to depend on immediately. She has good game sense and is a real student of the game. She has all of the tools to run the show offensively for our multiple and fast attacking offense.”

My First Paying Job: Lifeguard.

Amanda Lenart #14 5-9 • Freshman a Outside Hitter Crestwood High School a Dearborn Heights, Michigan a

ABOUT AMANDA Nickname(s): Manda Favorite Childhood Toy: American Girl Dolls. Favorite Store In The Mall: Wet Seal. My Special Talent Is: I’m a fast typer. Must Have On Road Trips: Food. My First Paying Job: Mr. Chicken. Dream Job: Hollywood Star.

High School:

Coach Abraham Says:

Four year varsity letterwinner at Crestwood HS ... a four-time All-City pick ... named Rookie of the Year as a freshman ... three-time All-Conference selection ... earned All-Region, team MVP and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior ... named team MVP and All-Region as a junior.

“Amanda will be redshirting this season, but I am so impressed with her work ethic and how she practices. She is the ideal team player and picks up things fast. She can attack quickly from the outside and is very fast on the floor.”

Personal: Full name is Amanda Elizabeth Lenart ... daughter of Jim and Peggy Lenart ... has one brother, Michael ... born on November 29, 1987 ... majoring in Elementary Education.


2006 Madonna Volleyball

Player Biographies

Abby Long #7 5-10 • Freshman Defensive Specialist LaPorte High School LaPorte, Indiana

ABOUT ABBY Nickname(s): Shorty. Favorite Childhood Toy: I used to be obsessed with Barbies.

High School:


Three year varsity letterwinner at LaPorte HS in volleyball ... named First Team All-Conference, LaPorte Herald Argus First Team All-Area and earned the Team Digging Award with 413 digs while leading her team to a 30-7 record as a senior ... earned Team Digging Award (331 digs) and Gatorade Will to Win Award as a junior ... earned Gatorade Will to Win Award, Serving Team Award (50 aces) and Team Digging Award (336 digs) in her sophomore season ... helped team to two conference championships and a 78-29 overall record in three years at the varsity level.

Full name is Abby Layne Long ... daughter of Joseph and Karen Long ... has one brother, Kiegan ... born on July 8, 1987 ... majoring in Elementary Education and Graphic Design.

Favorite Store In The Mall: Forever 21 (it’s cute and so cheap!).

Coach Abraham Says:

My Special Talent Is: Playing the flute.

“She is one of the best passers coming out of the state of Indiana. She has the ability to play the libero position and be a defensive standout this year. Abby has good game sense and and is quick in the back row. Once she learns our system, the sky is the limit for her.”

Must Have On Road Trips: Music and peanut butter and a spoon, of course! My First Paying Job: I was a paper girl.

Natalie Niblock #13 5-10 • Freshman Setter/Defensive Specialist White Pigeon High School White Pigeon, Michigan

High School:


Earned four varsity letters in volleyball at White Pigeon HS ... as a senior, she was named team captain, while leading her team to district championship ... earned Team MVP, AllLeague, Academic All-State and All-State Honorable Mention during senior season ... named All-League as a junior and led team to district championship ... named Class President for junior and senior years ... also named Homecoming Queen as a senior ... member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

Full name is Natalie Bratton Niblock ... daughter of Stephen and Barbara Niblock ... has two brothers, Troy and Michael ... her brother, Troy, plays football at Adrian College ... born on August 28, 1988 ... majoring in Education/Communications.


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Coach Abraham Says: “Natalie has a great work ethic and seems to respond very well in tight pressure situations. She has a good understanding in setting from side to side. We expect her to compete for the starting setter job and has a bright future at Madonna.”

ABOUT NATALIE Nickname(s): Nat, Natty, Nib, Nibbles Favorite Childhood Toy: My Little Mermaid purse. Favorite Store In The Mall: American Eagle. My Special Talent Is: I can beat my younger brother at ping pong. Most Prized Possession: My grandmother’s necklace. Dream Job: Taking over the anchor spot on the Today Show.

Player Biographies a

Alex Prieditis #11

6-1 • Freshman a Middle Hitter Milford High School a Highland, Michigan a

ABOUT ALEX Nickname(s): Alex, Al, A.P., Big Al Favorite Childhood Toy: Barbies. Favorite Store In The Mall: Ruehl or Hot Topic. My Special Talent Is: That I can eat an entire onion whole. Must Have On Road Trips: My IPod. Dream Job: To be in a rock band and travel the entire world.

High School:


Earned four varsity letters in volleyball at Milford HS ... as a senior, she was named All-Area Player-of-the-Year and earned First Team All-KVC and First Team All-Region honors ... named All-State Honorable Mention, Regional Player-ofthe-Year, All-Area Player-of-the-Year and KVC Player-of-theYear during her junior campaign ... earned Second Team AllKVC accolades as a sophomore ... also a member of the Honor Roll and the German Club.

Full name is Alexandra Michele Prieditis ... daughter of Maris Prieditis and Elizabeth Prieditis ... has one brother Maril and one sister Evia ... born on October 5, 1987 ... majoring in Psychology.

Coach Abraham Says: “Alex is a big strong blocker and hitter. She has the ability to play the middle and outside. She can present a big block and down the road will be a go to player for a terminating attack.”

Anna Zorn #5 5-9 • Freshman a Defensive Specialist Fowlerville High School a Fowlerville, Michigan a

ABOUT ANNA Nickname(s): A.Z. Favorite Childhood Toy: Barbies. Favorite Store In The Mall: Wet Seal. Must Have On Road Trips: My IPod. Most Prized Possession: My pictures. Dream Job: To own a sports facility. My First Paying Job: Working at a coffee house.

High School:

Coach Abraham Says:

Three year varsity letterwinner in volleyball at Fowlerville HS ... named co-captain, team MVP, First Team All-League and First Team All-Region as a senior ... named All-League Honorable Mention, Second Team All-Region and led team in digs (338) as a junior ... earned Most Improved Player and AllLeague Honorable Mention during sophomore season ... broke career and season record for games played ... also broke career record for digs (1,349) and aces (169).

“Anna is a fireplug. She is a great team player and will play primary a defensive role for us this year. She has good range defensively from sideline to sideline. Anna has a great serve and great technique. She will be a good team player for us this year.”

Personal: Full name is Anna Marie Zorn ... daughter of Kathleen Detroyer ... has one sister, Amelia ... born on August 23, 1986 ... majoring in Sports Management.


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2006 Madonna Volleyball

Season Review

2005 Season in Review MADONNA RANKED NO. 5


The Madonna University volleyball team opened the 2005 season ranked sixth in the preseason NAIA Top 25 poll. It marked the third straight season the Crusaders appeared in the top-10 for the preseason poll conducted by coaches around the nation

Four Madonna players earned the highest honor by the NAIA after being selected as All-Americans for their performance in 2005. Natalja Tinina and Ashley Frost earned First Team All-American honors and fellow senior Laura Lesko was named Second Team All-American. Junior middle hitter Caryn Inman was named All-American Honorable Mention, rounding out the Crusaders national honors.

CRUSADERS IN THE TOP 25 During the 2005 season, the Crusaders spent every week ranked in the top six of the NAIA Top 25 poll, reaching their highest ranking of fourth and spending every week after the preseason rating at this ranking.

MU WINS 9TH STRAIGHT WHAC TITLE Madonna won their ninth consecutive WolverineHoosier Athletic Conference regular season title, finishing with a perfect 12-0 record in conference play. Madonna went on to win the WHAC Tournament title, topping Cornerstone in the final match.

DESTINATION: SAN DIEGO The Madonna Volleyball Team defeated Cornerstone in the Region VIII championship game, earning an automatic bid to the 2005 NAIA National Tournament in San Diego, California. Madonna earned the number three overall seed and were placed in a pool with #6 National American, Azusa Pacific, Savannah College of Art & Design and Indiana-Southeast. The Crusaders would advance out of pool play, posting a 3-1 record, losing only to National American.

THE FINAL FOUR After defeating Texas Wesleyan in four games, Madonna earned their second ever birth in the Final Four. In the semifinals, the Crusaders would battle California Baptist before falling to the number two ranked team in five games. Cal Baptist advanced to the championship game and defeated Columbia (MO) to win the national championship.

WHAC HONORS Madonna almost earned a clean sweep across the board in top WHAC honors with Natalja Tinina being named Player of the Year, Ashley Frost earning Setter of the Year honors, Kelsey Mack was picked as Freshman of the Year and Jerry Abraham was selected as Coach of the Year. The only top honor that eluded a Madonna player was Libero of the Year, which went to Cornerstone’s Julie Brusie. Overall, the Crusaders had five players selected to the first team with Laura Lesko, Caryn Inman and Stefanie DeNardin joining Tinina and Frost on the top squad. Sophomore Jacqui Gatt and Mack were selected to the second team and Mack and Lubovj Tihomirova earned spots on the All-Freshman team.

NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR Madonna’s head coach and Hall of Famer Jerry Abraham was named NAIA National Coach of the Year after leading the Crusaders to a perfect record during the regular season and finishing with a 482 overall record following a trip to the NAIA Final Four.

A BALANCED ATTACK The Crusaders attack offense ranked near the top in all three of the major national statistical categories at the end of the year. Madonna was tops in the nation in team kills per game, averaging 17.86 kills per game throughout the season. The Crusaders offense finished third overall in total kills, posting 2,858 total kills in 2005. Madonna also finished third in hitting percentage as a team, hitting at a .386 clip last season. The MU attack was led by senior outside hitter Natalja Tinina. Tinina led the nation in total kills, posting 881 kills and finished ranked in the top five in kills per game (5.57).

Stefanie DeNardin was named First Team All-WHAC as a senior for the Crusaders in 2005.

A “FROST”Y ENDING Senior setter Ashley Frost finished her final season as one of the nation’s top players. Frost finished as the top passer in the nation and second in the nation in assists (2,203). Frost posted 13.89 assists per game for the Crusaders and helped support one of the nation’s top attacking offenses.

NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Twice during the 2005 season, Madonna players were selected as NAIA National Players of the Week for their performance. Natalja Tinina earned the honor on September 12, after leading Madonna to a perfect 4-0 record on the week, averaging 6.25 kills per game with a total of 75 in 12 games played. The senior outsider hitter posted two 20-plus kill matches and finished with a .421 hitting percentage. Tinina also recorded 32 digs (2.67 per game) along with three aces. Frost was named NAIA Setter of the Week on September 26, after averaging 15.5 assists and Madonna went 6-0 during the week. The Crusaders posted 3-0 victories over Siena Heights University (Mich.), Northwood University (Fla.), Flagler College (Fla.), Florida Memorial College, Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (Fla.). Frost also recorded 38 digs, nine aces and 21 total blocks en Madonna head coach Jerry Abraham was named NAIA route to being named MVP of the Pepsi Bash at the National Coach of the Year after guiding the Crusaders to a Beach Tournament. 48-2 overall record and a trip to the NAIA Final Four in 2005.


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2005 Match Results (48-2 Overall, 12-0 WHAC) Date Opponent

Score Score-by-game

Record WHAC



8/26 8/26 8/27 8/27 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/3 9/3 9/9 9/9 9/10 9/10 9/13 9/15 9/16 9/20 9/23 9/23 9/23 9/24 9/24 9/27 9/30 9/30 10/4 10/7 10/11 10/13 10/14 10/18 10/21 10/21 10/23 10/23 10/25 10/27 11/1 11/3 11/4 11/11 11/12 11/19 11/19 11/30 11/30 12/1 12/2 12/2 12/3

W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 3-1 1-3 L W 3-1 2-3 L

1-0 2-0 3-0 4-0 5-0 6-0 7-0 8-0 9-0 10-0 11-0 12-0 13-0 14-0 15-0 16-0 17-0 18-0 19-0 20-0 21-0 22-0 23-0 24-0 25-0 26-0 27-0 28-0 29-0 30-0 31-0 32-0 33-0 34-0 35-0 36-0 38-0 37-0 39-0 40-0 41-0 42-0 43-0 44-0 45-0 46-0 47-0 47-1 48-1 48-2

1:15 1:20 1:10 2:10 1:15 1:15 1:25 1:30 1:20 1:25 1:40 1:15 1:15 1:15 1:15 1:25 1:01 1:15 1:20 1:15 1:25 1:20 1:42 1:10 1:05 1:19 1:10 1:20 1:11 1:08 1:06 1:10 1:18 1:15 1:21 1:10 1:13 1:25 1:16 1:33 1:00 1:25 1:06 1:02 1:20 1:25 2:15 1:36 1:38 1:54

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 350 200 350 200 250 77 329 243 46 200 200 200 200 300 311 43 78 50 391 88 172 47 317 65 75 100 50 517 184 75 281 491 519 619 397 631 1,532 1,738 2,197 3,204 2,782 2,339

vs Urbana vs Bethel (IN) vs Tiffin vs #8 Georgetown (KY) vs Evangel vs William Jewell vs Mid-America Nazarene vs Baker at College of the Ozarks #6 SAGINAW VALLEY ST. #15 GEORGETOWN (KY) WALSH DAEMEN * CONCORDIA at Olivet WINDSOR * at Siena Heights vs Flagler vs Northwood (FL) vs Florida Memorial vs Embry-Riddle (FL) at Palm Beach Atlantic * #21 CORNERSTONE ST. FRANCIS (IN) WINDSOR LANCERS * vs Aquinas * UM-DEARBORN * at Indiana Tech SPRING ARBOR * at Concordia * SIENA HEIGHTS vs Illinois Tech vs St. Ambrose (IA) vs Taylor at St. Francis (IL) * at Cornerstone at Warner Southern * at UM-Dearborn * INDIANA TECH * AQUINAS ^ INDIANA TECH ^ CORNERSTONE $ BETHEL (IN) $ CORNERSTONE % IU-SOUTHEAST % SAVANNAH A&D (GA) % AZUSA PACIFIC % #6 NATIONAL AMERICAN % vs Texas Wesleyan % vs #2 California Baptist

30-18,30-25,30-23 30-19,30-19,30-19 30-16,30-20,30-17 30-23,24-30,30-27,30-26 30-12,30-18,30-22 30-15,30-18,30-19 30-16,30-20,30-12 30-18,23-30,30-9,30-17 30-23,30-21,30-22 30-24,30-23,30-22 30-20,32-30,30-24 30-27,30-26,30-20 30-21,30-14,30-12 30-13,30-13,30-18 30-19,30-12,30-12 30-23,30-18,30-19 30-13,30-19,30-13 30-12,30-16,30-17 30-8,30-7,30-11 30-12,30-6,30-16 30-21,30-21,30-27 30-20,30-10,30-18 30-16,27-30,30-21,30-19 30-19,30-20,30-16 30-17,30-15,30-17 30-23,30-26,30-23 30-13,30-14,30-25 30-15,30-22,30-25 30-17,30-13,30-21 30-14,30-10,30-19 30-14,30-19,30-17 30-23,30-16,30-23 30-14,30-22,30-21 30-16,30-11,30-16 30-15,30-26,30-21 30-23,30-27,30-11 30-9,30-7,30-12 30-19,30-20,30-20 30-11,30-13,30-11 30-14,30-12,30-18 30-12,30-18,30-17 30-16,24-30,30-17,30-25 30-23,30-6,30-19 30-19,30-5,30-19 30-18,34-32,30-25 30-12,30-26,30-20 30-28,26-30,30-27,30-24 30-20,16-30,28-30,21-30 30-28,30-21,23-30,30-15 30-26,26-30,28-30,30-23,8-15

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-0 3-0 3-0 4-0 5-0 6-0 6-0 7-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 9-0 10-0 10-0 11-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0 12-0




Dates Total


Overall: Conference: Home: Away:

48-2 12-0 21-1 10-0

Total: Home: Away: Neutral:

50 22 10 18

204 253 185 154

10198 5570 1848 2780

Laura Lesko earned second team All-American honors in 2005, as a fifth-year senior.


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2005 Statistics

Overall Record: 48-2 WHAC: 12-0

Home: 20-1

Away: 10-0

Neutral: 18-1




|------------ATTACK-----------| K K/Game E TA

|------SET------| |------SERVE-----| Pct A A/Game SA SA/Gm SE

1 14 8 15 11 3 6 4 7 18 9 5 2 10

Natalja Tinina Laura Lesko Caryn Inman Kelsey Mack Ashley Frost Lubovj Tihomirova Heather Spooner Jacqui Gatt Diana Sesto Stephanie Parslow Nikki Ellul Stefanie DeNardin Amy Szymanski Becci Crane

158 50159 50159 50120 39159 5078 39146 50158 5052 3057 3153 32145 46108 47118 44-

881 565 470 378 183 136 119 34 24 19 17 9 5 4

.421 .504 .473 .259 .497 .320 .223 .149 .115 .269 .241 .471 .273 .000




|----DIG----| RE DIG Dig/G

|--------BLOCKING-------| BS BA Total B/Game


1 14 8 15 11 3 6 4 7 18 9 5 2 10

Natalja Tinina Laura Lesko Caryn Inman Kelsey Mack Ashley Frost Lubovj Tihomirova Heather Spooner Jacqui Gatt Diana Sesto Stephanie Parslow Nikki Ellul Stefanie DeNardin Amy Szymanski Becci Crane

158 159 159 120 159 78 146 158 52 57 53 145 108 118

56 4 3 1 1 2 3 82 7 1 7 71 18 24

27 36 53 12 23 10 10 1 4 3 0 3 0 0

17 13 19 17 19 15 35 1 3 4 1 2 0 2


5.58 3.55 2.96 3.15 1.15 1.74 0.82 0.22 0.46 0.33 0.32 0.06 0.05 0.03

484 155 29 68 366 21 21 476 16 2 51 574 149 304

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134 79 69 137 12 30 40 11 15 5 4 1 2 4

3.06 0.97 0.18 0.57 2.30 0.27 0.14 3.01 0.31 0.04 0.96 3.96 1.38 0 2.58

1774 964 848 931 344 331 354 154 78 52 54 17 11 18

63 148 140 48 75 35 69 3 11 16 1 1 0 2

15 14 8 7 2203 7 85 10 1 3 2 30 12 47

90 184 193 60 98 45 79 4 15 19 1 4 0.00 2

0.09 0.09 0.05 0.06 13.86 0.09 0.58 0.06 0.02 0.05 0.04 0.21 0.11 0.40

0.57 1.16 1.21 0.50 0.62 0.58 0.54 0.03 0.29 0.33 0.02 0.03 0 0.02

45 71 0 2 68 3 2 88 3 0 3 30 25 18

0.28 0.45 0.00 0.02 0.43 0.04 0.01 0.56 0.06 0.00 0.06 0.21 0.23 0.15

3 3 1 2 21 1 4 2 0 3 1 0 3

37 61 0 6 53 3 0 47 4 0 4 6 9 3

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2005 Seniors Natalja Tinina Career Statistics YR 2002 2003 2004 2005 TOTALS

MP-GP 52-159 46-162 47-152 50-158 195-631

K 496 784 778 881 2939

A 34 20 26 15 95

SA 72 71 51 45 239

DIGS 266 472 492 484 1714

BS 13 27 9 27 76

BA 36 59 58 63 216

TB 49 86 67 90 292

BS 0 3 3

BA 0 1 1

TB 0 4 4

Stefanie DeNardin Career Statistics YR MP-GP 2004 40-121 2005 46-145 TOTALS 86-266

K 1 9 10

A 23 30 53

SA 25 30 55

DIGS 561 574 1135



Ashley Frost Career Statistics YR 2002 2003 2004 2005 TOTALS

MP-GP 46-97 48-168 47-153 50-159 191-577

K 17 91 124 183 415

A 402 2255 2006 2203 6866

SA 25 42 54 68 189

DIGS 141 477 458 366 1442

BS 1 25 14 23 63

BA 8 62 53 75 198

TB 9 87 67 98 261

BS 7 28 41 36 112

BA 21 142 131 148 442

TB 28 170 172 184 554

Laura Lesko Career Statistics YR 2001 2002 2003 2005 TOTALS

MP-GP 37-98 52-171 47-165 50-159 186-593

K 266 543 705 565 2079

A 3 26 19 14 62

SA 10 71 36 71 188

DIGS 89 63 492 155 799




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2005 WHAC in Review

First Team Player Natalja Tinina Ashley Frost Laura Lesko Julie Brusie Holly Punches Caryn Inman Yolanda Koszela Allison Park Emily Hollemans Renee Laidler Stefanie DeNardin Ashley Bouckaert

Schoool Madonna Madonna Madonna Cornerstone Cornerstone Madonna UM-Dearborn Cornerstone Cornerstone UM-Dearborn Madonna Aquinas

Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr.


Hometown Riga, Latvia Lake Odessa, MI Wyandotte, MI North Branch, MI Muskegon, MI Oxford, MI Dearborn, MI Grandville, MI Moline, MI Lincoln Park, MI Marysville, MI Leland, MI

Yr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr.


Hometown Livonia, MI Livonia, MI Ossain, IN Caledonia, MI East Lansing, MI Byron Center, MI Wayne, MI Temperance, MI

Yr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.


Hometown Livonia, MI Ossain, IN Riga, Latvia Holland, MI Ann Arbor, MI Lincoln Park, MI Adrian, MI

Player-of-the-Year: Natalja Tinina, Madonna Setter-of-the-Year: Ashley Frost, Madonna Libero-of-the-Year: Julie Brusie, Cornerstone Coach-of-the-Year: Jerry Abraham, Madonna

2005 Final WHAC Standings Team Madonna Cornerstone UM-Dearborn Indiana Tech Aquinas Siena Heights Concordia

OVERALL 48-2 36-11 29-13 15-21 15-23 6-27 10-26

WHAC 12-0 10-2 8-4 6-6 3-9 2-10 1-11

Second Team Player Kelsey Mack Jacqui Gatt

Schoool Madonna Madonna Ashtyn Hummerickhouse Indiana Tech Shari VanEngen Cornerstone Christy Carter Concordia Megan Holst Aquinas Kristi Igo UM-Dearborn Abbie Riddle Siena Heights

All-Freshman Team Player Kelsey Mack

Schoool Madonna Ashtyn Hummerickhouse Indiana Tech Lubovj Tihomirova Madonna Cornerstone Christy Beam Sarah James Concordia Shawna Dorton Concordia Ashley Hubbard Siena Heights

Freshman-of-the-Year: Kelsey Mack, Madonna

Natalja Tinina (pictured) was named WHAC Player-of-the-Year in her senior season after recording 881 kills for the Crusaders.


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2005 NAIA All-Americans 2005 NAIA First Team Player Luren Baylon Jenny Brickner Leslie DaSilva Kellen Foganholi Ashley Frost Shu Liu Ana C. M. Encinas Roselidah Obunaga Natalja Tinina Angela Willis # Verania Willis Lorena Zuleta

School Iowa Wesleyan Azusa Pacific National American National American Madonna Fresno Pacific Missouri Baptist Columbia Madonna California Baptist California Baptist Fresno Pacific


Yr. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Sr.

Ht. 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-9 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-4

Hometown Lima, Peru Yorba Linda, CA Goiania, Brazil Londrina, Brazil Lake Odessa, MI Shen Yang, China Tepic, Mexico Nairobi, Kenya Riga, Latvia San Jose, CA San Jose, CA Cali, Colombia

School Dordt Georgetown St. Mary Cedarville Madonna Olivet Nazarene Texas Wesleyan Azusa Pacific Dickinson State Lee Houston Baptist Fresno Pacific


Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr.

Ht. 5-11 5-11 5-11 5-8 5-10 6-1 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-3 6-3 6-0

Hometown Rock Valley, IA Louisville, KY Sioux City, IA Cedarville, OH Wyandotte, MI Brighton, MI Burleson, TX Placerville, CA Nairobi, Kenya Burke, VA Beaumont, TX Belo Horizonte, Brazil

School California Baptist Cedarville National American Campbellsville Iowa Wesleyan Lee National American Freed-Hardeman Biola Fresno Pacific Montana-Western Lindenwood


Yr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Fr. So. So. So. Sr. Sr.

Ht. 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-7 5-6 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-1 6-0

Hometown Mao Valverde, Dominican Republic Valencia, CA Sao Paulo, Brazil Louisville, KY Iowa Falls, IA Cuntiba, Brazil Campinas, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Murrieta, CA Clovis, CA Great Falls, MT Ballwin, MO

# - Tachikara NAIA Player of the Year

Second Team Player Tara DeBoer Kara Hellmann Christi Huigens Kelsey Jones Laura Lesko Emily Lindquist Rachel Loftin Chelsea Morgan Nancy Nyongesa Daisy Varbanova Nicole Westerterp Lira Xavier

Third Team

Player Yudelka Bonilla Julia Bradley Luciana Camargo % Amy Eckenfels Tina Kruckenberg Bruna Langner Daniela Oliveira Renata Pedreira Christina Perkins Marin Shilling Katherine Sunwall Kara Wall

# - Tachikara NAIA Libero of the Year


2006 Madonna Volleyball

Season Review

2005 NAIA Tournament Pool Play Wednesday, November 30 Pool A #1 Fresno Pacific def. Albertson, 3-0 #8 Georgetown def. Lee, 3-2 #1 Fresno Pacific def. Lee, 3-0 Houston Baptist def. Albertson, 3-0 Pool B #2 California Baptist def. Doane, 3-1 St. Mary def. Doane, 3-0 #2 California Baptist def. Cedarville, 3-0 #7 Columbia def. Cedarville, 3-0 Pool C SCAD def. #6 National American, 3-2 Azusa Pacific def. Indiana-SE, 3-0 #3 Madonna def. Indiana-SE, 3-0 #3 Madonna def. SCAD, 3-0 Pool D #4 Dordt def. Iowa Wesleyan, 3-1 #5 Missouri Bap. def. Pt. Loma Nazarene, 3-0 Texas Wesleyan def. Iowa Wesleyan, 3-0

Thursday, December 1 Pool A Albertson def. Lee, 3-0 Albertson def. #8 Georgetown, 3-2 #1 Fresno Pacific def. Houston Baptist, 3-0 Houston Baptist def. #8 Georgetown, 3-1 Pool B Doane def. Cedarville, 3-2 #7 Columbia def. Doane, 3-0 #2 California Baptist def. St. Mary, 3-1 #7 Columbia def. St. Mary, 3-1

Pool C #6 National American def. Indiana-SE, 3-0 #6 National American def. Azusa Pacific, 3-0 #3 Madonna def. Azusa Pacific, 3-1 Indiana-SE def. SCAD, 3-1 Pool D #4 Dordt def. Pt. Loma Nazarene, 3-1 Texas Wesleyan def. #4 Dordt, 3-0 Pt. Loma Nazarene def. Iowa Wesleyan, 3-1 #5 Missouri Baptist def. Iowa Wesleyan, 3-0 Texas Wesleyan def. #5 Missouri Baptist, 3-0 Friday, December 2 Pool A Houston Baptist def. Lee, 3-0 #1 Fresno Pacific def. #8 Georgetown, 3-0 Pool B #7 Columbia def. #2 California Baptist, 3-1 St. Mary def. Cedarville, 3-0 Pool C Azusa Pacific def. SCAD, 3-1 #6 National American def. #3 Madonna, 3-1 Pool D #5 Missouri Baptist def. #4 Dordt, 3-0 Texas Wesleyan def. Pt. Loma Nazarene, 3-0 Quarterfinals #3 Madonna def. Texas Wesleyan, 3-1 #5 Mo. Baptist def. #6 National American, 3-2 #2 Cal Baptist def. #1 Fresno Pacific, 3-1 #7 Columbia def. Houston Baptist, 3-0

Saturday, December 3 Semifinals #2 California Baptist def. #3 Madonna, 3-2 #7 Columbia def. #5 Missouri Baptist, 3-1 Championship #2 California Baptist def. #7 Columbia, 3-0 All-Tournament Team Rose Obunga, Columbia Nichole Westerterp, Houston Baptist Daniela Oliveira, National American Leslie DaSilva, National American Rachel Loftin, Texas Wesleyan Laura Lesko, Madonna Ana Mercado, Missouri Baptist Angela Willis, California Baptist Luana Branco, Columbia Lorena Zuleta, Fresno Pacific Tracey Abell, Missouri Baptist Verania Willis, California Baptist Shu Liu, Fresno Pacific Ashley Frost, Madonna National Tournament MVP Yudelka Bonilla, California Baptist National Tournament Coach of the Year Ryan McGuyre, California Baptist National Tournament Sportsmanship Award Point Loma Nazarene

Members of the 2005 Madonna Volleyball Team pose for a picture after their second ever NAIA National Tournament Final Four appearance.


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Players Earning 32 All-America Honors


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9 WHAC Titles, 8 NAIA Trips

.791 All-Time Winning Percentage

771 Program Wins in 19 Years

9 Consecutive WHAC Championships (1997-2005)

7 WHAC Players-of-the-Year

19 Years

Conf./National Finish

NAIA National Tournament

6 NAIA Regional Championships

2 NAIA Final Four Appearances

1 Hall of Fame Coach

Madonna volleyball celebrated their ninth consecutive WHAC championship after the 2005 season.


2006 Madonna Volleyball

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What I Remember Most... Throughout the past five seasons of Madonna volleyball, I have made many memories that will last forever. Here are some of the ones that stick out in my mind… •The 6 hour van ride through Colorado - those were great signs Spoon!! •The TRACK workout…thinking I was done after my fourth one, but then having to do it again •Our preseason 20 minute jogs •The power outage during preseason •Coach's famous phrases: "Be fast and furious!" like the movie Becci, "Tosado!" - burrito, enchila da, tostada, "Bump! Pass! Spike!", "Hit the ball Natalja!" - "I'm in the back row Coach…" •Me and Natalja having conversations at the net "Who's gonna get the set?" •Our pregame dance - RIDE THAT PONY (great idea Caryn!) - the best was at Nationals…running up the stairs and outside - "Was that guy on the phone?" •Coach D's stories, emails, and famous line, "No one cares if you're tired!!!" •Coldstone is right around the corner, right Becci and Jacqui??? •Me and Natalja's pregame tradition…slam the Red Bull!!! •Dressing up the freshman •Fartleks and our 'mini-track' •Where do you want to eat? Wendy's it is! •All the middle work - it was fun Caryn!! (And Spoon and P) •The St. Pete Beach, FL trips - especially the walks down the beach, "Look at the moon!", and the team gatherings •Cornerstone…30 - 5 in regionals?!?!?! •NATIONALS!!! •FINAL FOUR TWICE!!! The list of memories could go on forever!!! Now I'd like to thank all of the people who have supported me throughout these years. Lynn and Trevor, it may seem like your help and support go unnoticed, but it doesn't and I thank you. Brian, all of your work, support, and dedication to our program make us look and feel like the championship team we are. Thank you for always listening to me, being there if I needed a favor, and being there if I needed a shoulder to quickly cry on. Most of all, it's a good thing you were in that other college's gym that day five years ago and talked to me. You brought me into a great program! Cagle, I always enjoyed having you at practices and games for your constant care and support. If not for some of your very kind comments, I may have fallen apart as a player. Sara, thank you for working my back into shape. It was quite a struggle for me, but you kept pushing. I wouldn't have gotten back on the court if not for you! All of the parents and family members that were always there, (you know who you are), thank you for constantly supporting our team and our program. It is always nice to look in the stands and see caring, encouraging people. Some of the words and letters I was given will never be forgotten. They all mean a lot. The athletic department faculty, thank you for your constant support to our team. It means a lot to have you guys at most of our tourneys, games, and Nationals! Coach D, I would not be the player and coach I am today if not for you. You pushed all of us to be the best we could be. Thank you for all of the extra hours put in on and off the court. You will be missed. Coach A, thank you for a greater, more wonderful college volleyball experience than I ever could have imagined. Year after year you put together a championship team with the desire to constantly get better. I'm grateful that I was able to be a part of this. Thank you for this and all of the other great memories from these past five years. To my parents, I don't know what I would have done without your constant caring, support, and encouragement throughout these years. There are no words to express my thanks for all of the things you have done during the seasons. Coming to (almost) every game, the Gatorade, the Red Bull, and the pre-tourney bagels are just a few of the little things that come to mind. Then of course there were the post-game wrap ups and the family dinners. These are small, simple things, but they will never be forgotten. I love you both very much. I don't know where I'd be without parents like you! To my brothers, although you couldn't come to many games, I know that you both wanted to be there. Thank you for always being there for me - whether a phone call or a chat at the house - it means a lot. I'll save that poem you wrote forever! To the girls in my five years, I will never forget all of the friendships, fun, and championships we have been through. I love you all! Good luck in all you do! Never forget "WE" and like always…"FEU!!!!!!!"

Choosing to play my last three years at Madonna was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Being part of the "Volleyball Family" has been a blast and I would not trade it for a second. I would like to thank all the coaches for all their time and energy they put into us, for making us believe we were the best team out there and pushing us to be just that. Coach Abraham- Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play for you. Coach D- Thank you for making me the player I turned out to be!! Erin- Thank you for all your time and keeping me calm!!! Brian- thank you for all the support! Thank you Mom and Dad for traveling to every game and supporting me through everything I've ever done. I wouldn't have made it without you!! And for my teammates, you girls are the best! My experience here would not have been the same without you! We made so many great memories that will never be forgotten. Here are a few of mine, keep in mind there are many more: •ELVIS!! •Track workouts- of course •Going to the Diamondbacks game and everyone sleeping. •Caryn losing her flip-flops. •Saturday morning runs. •"Let's Go! Let's Go! Let's Go!" - Coach Abraham •The dreaded serve receive with Erin's floaters! •P's Dance Party in the parking lot!!! •Naming all the capitals with Spoon! "New York City is the capital of New York!!" •The famous hammocks in Florida. •Amy and her HO DO's. •The Frost's getting to games before us. •Waiting for at least an hour to warm- up!! •Power pulls •Having every class with Natalja! •"Who's that little blonde on your team?" "She has a boyfriend!" •Watching film on the smallest TV ever! •The awesome food by the mom's!!! •Going to Nationals 3 times- but only playing once!!! •Playing Cornerstone a million times!!! •FINAL FOUR!!!! Good Luck to the 2006 team!!! Enjoy every practice, game, and day you spend with each other. It will go by fast!!! So work hard and kick some butt!!!! Love, Stef D.

Love always, Laura


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What I Remember Most... When looking back on the past four years, there are so many great memories, some things I would rather forget, and a lot of crazy times, but here is what I remember most…

•Wishing someone would have told me that we were the volleyball/track team (Nobody knew that Madonna had a track!) •Waves and Cheese fries before dinner with Suder •Trying to put up a tent with Lesko at two in the morning at Grandma Shelley's •Singing Shania in the back of T's car •Many hair-dying experiences. It never turns out like the girl on the box. Orange, red, black, brown, blonde, you name it, I've had it. •Natalja telling Sharyse that if she was lighter, then she would be able to see her. •Sharyse drinking pop during water breaks •Game nights, movie nights, dinners, etc. •5 am setter workouts and picnics with Becci, Amy, and Sarah afterwards •Caryn's sixth toe •I may have started off 2006 bad, but you are still up on me Caryn! •Hanging out with Abby, Brian, Jessie, and Puter •Nights out with my Russian sisters •Venting sessions with Becci •Hearing how the right side missed the block again. I swear it wasn't us Spoon, they were just really good hitters! •Pre-game rituals- Ride the pony, Rhonda, and my gum partner, Caryn •2005: the year of the pictures! P is Camera Crazy! •"WE" Coach A •"Fast and Furious, just like the movie" •"Bump, pass, hit"; apparently I'm out of that play •"That ah girl" Coach D •His inspirational Stories, can't get enough of them •"No one cares if you're tired" •"D@*#$* Setter" I adopted a new name four years ago •"Nice S#!+ ", he meant to say "nice hit" and this is the first and only time Coach D ever laughed at practice. Bus Trips •Wendy's Dollar menu- I don't think we ever stopped anywhere else. •Telling jokes with Amy •Bus charades, and screw your neighbor •My parents getting to the gym before we did Plane Trips •Getting to the airport before it opens •Playing Russian Fool •Getting the worst seat possible on the plane, but it never mattered because I slept the whole time anyways •No matter where we went Cagle always had a history lesson planned for us •Florida- Filthy Phil's (Every year), Parasailing, driving three hours to play girls who wore fishnet stockings, and don't forget the COCKROACHES! Coach "Oh their just fruit bee tles." I don't care what they are called, they are in my bed! •Arizona- The HEAT! Who plays in a non-air-conditioned gym in Arizona? •Palm Beach-Hurricanes; that trip was cut a little short •Missouri- Go Carts; we had to make new friends to get the discount. And you can't for get Elvis! •The best trip every year…NATIONALS- Beating the #1 team in the country; finishing final four! I could go on for pages because these past four years have been so amazing, and there are so many people I need to thank because none of these memories would have even been possible without them. First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in my volleyball career. From the fans, to the parents, to the coaches, to my teammates. But I would like to give a special thanks to a few people. Cagle, for always being there to give me some of his never-ending wisdom. Brian, for always making sure we look good. Erin, for all of your hard work and advice. Coach A, for bringing me to Madonna and for teaching me so much about the game. He has really put Madonna on the map. Coach D, for never letting up, and pushing me day in and day out. You are an amazing coach and will be missed! My parents, for all that they have done for me over the past four years. They are the main reason why it has been so great. And last but definitely not least I would like to thank my teammates. So many fun times, memories, and lasting friendships. I love you guys! I wish the best of luck to the 2006 volleyball team, I hope your experience is as amazing as mine was. And remember, champions are made when nobody is watching, so FEU! Love, Ash


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Four years have past very quickly. They past fast because it was an amazing experience that made me a better person and taught me many valuable lessons. It was an amazing experience because of the people who surrounded me here at Madonna. In four years, I met so many remarkable people, but there are few that have a special place in my heart. First of all, thanks to all the Madonna Volleyball parents that took care of me like I was their daughter, especially Frost and Lesko families. I really felt like at home with you. I want to thank the athletic department, esp. Bryan Rizzo, Sarah, and Matt for an outstanding support and great service. Thank you Bryan M. for everything you did for me, I got everything I needed (and everything my family needed). I want to thank coach DeBeliso, for all the work and time he put in me, and for the all the knowledge I have gained on and off the court. I could never thank enough coach Abraham for brining me into this family, and helping me all four years overcome all the obstacles on the way. Thank you to my team for being there with me. You are amazing. I'll miss you a lot. Thanks to these people, those four years were the best years of my life, yet. Memories, memories, so many of them I don't even know where to start: •TRACK (esp. my freshman year where I had no idea what about to happen!) •Someone's comment to my girl Sharyse "Well, if you were lighter, I could see you!" Poor Sharyse •Long walks on the Florida beach with my roommates Laura and Sharyse •Amy in the middle of the Russian sandwich •Listening to the Latvian national anthem at the senior night. Thanks Bryan and Trevor •Coach Abraham famous saying "Bump, Pass, Spike" •Coach DeBeliso famous saying "No one cares if you tired, the whole world is tired" •Sharyse's and mine pre game warm up moves…the same routine every time •My conversations with Laura about probability of who is going to get set on that side of the net •Conversations with Laura on the court •"Is he yelling at me?" "I don't know, I'm not looking." "Me either." •Endless hours of taking pictures •Those hard working days in Florida by the pool •Beating Cornerstone 30-12 one of the games! Priceless! •Just beating Cornerstone, esp. at their place •Watching Ashley sliding into the bench, or score table, or someone else. That looks like it would hurt. •Poor setters "meetings" at 5 a.m. "It's good to be a hitter!" •Poor middle hitters practices with extra antennas, boxes, and something on their legs and coach DeBeliso with a timer. "It's good to be an outside hitter!" •"Look at the moon!!!!" "You, guys never seen the moon before?" "Look at the squirrel!!" •The mini-track at Madonna, esp. on Saturdays' mornings. •"Wendy's or Taco Bell?" "Taco Bell!!!" "Ok, Wendy's as it is!" •Getting to the airport at 4 a.m. in the morning, "The airport doesn't work 24 hours?" •Mrs. Lesko's stops at McDonalds for a breakfast before dropping us at the airport. Never too early for a breakfast! •Endless bus rides in Colorado. Cagel's historical stories while driving too close to the curve. •"Champions are made when no one is watching!" •Switching jerseys with Nikki. "about time, that one is dripping wet" •"FEU" •NATIONALS 4 times in a row!!!!! •"WE!" Good luck to the team of 2006! Enjoy every second of it. It will pass very quickly. NATALJA

History a

All-America Crusaders CARYN INMAN


• Honorable Mention, 2005

• 2nd Team, 2005 • Honorable Mention, 2003

Inman’s All-American Numbers in 2005 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks


470 .473 29


Lesko’s All-American Numbers in 2005 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks


565 .504 155 184

ASHLEY FROST • 1st Team, 2005

NATALJA TININA • 1st Team, 2005

Frost’s All-American Numbers in 2005 Games Kills Pct. Digs Assists

Tinina’s All-American Numbers in 2005 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks



• 3rd Team, 2004 • Honorable Mention, 2003

183 .497 366 2,203

• 2nd Team, 2004 • Honorable Mention, 2003

881 .421 484 90

SHARYSE BUSH • Honorable Mention, 2004

AMANDA SUDER • Honorable Mention, 2003

Bush’s All-American Numbers in 2004 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks

Suder’s All-American Numbers in 2003 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks



704 .333 343 90



806 0

TERA MORRILL • Honorable Mention, 2002

NATALIE SAYER • 3rd Team, 2002

Morrill’s All-American Numbers in 2002 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks

Sayer’s All-American Numbers in 2002 Games Kills Pct. Digs Assists



479 .383 560 81


.395 413 1,870


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All-America Crusaders SHELLEY STANTON • 1st Team, 2002

Stanton’s All-American Numbers in 2005 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks


880 .488 575 118

DONNA BIRKENHIER • Honorable Mention, 2001

Birkenhier’s All-American Numbers in 2001 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks


425 .469 54 155

JENNIE WIND • Honorable Mention, 2001


Wind’s All-American Numbers in 2001 Games Kills Pct. Digs Assists

Malewski’s All-American Numbers in 2000 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks




.325 285 1,314

• 1st Team, 2000 • 2nd Team, 1999 • 2nd Team, 1998

801 .540 530 239

KARIN SISUNG • 2nd Team, 1997

JULIE MARTIN • 2nd Team, 1996

Sisung’s All-American Numbers in 1997 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks

Martin’s All-American Numbers in 1996 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks



556 .238 470 125

786 .455 219 379


MEG PARIS • Honorable Mention, 1995

McCausland’s All-American Numbers in 1996 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks

Paris’ All-American Numbers in 1995 Games Kills Pct. Digs Assists



• 1st Team, 1996 • 1st Team, 1995

881 .398 462 206


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341 .370 497 2,349

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All-America Crusaders MAUREEN PAULIN • 3rd Team, 1994

Paulin’s All-American Numbers in 1994 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks


392 .344 912 125

MAZIE PILUT • 2nd Team, 1993

Pilut’s All-American Numbers in 1993 Games Kills Pct. Digs Assists


178 .397 391 1,997



Vandeusen’s All-American Numbers in 1993 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks

O’Parka’s All-American Numbers in 1992 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks



• 1st Team, 1993

697 .455 787 343

• 3rd Team, 1992

681 .322 432 102

DANA HICKS FINLEY • 1st Team, 1992 • 1st Team, 1991

Finley’s All-American Numbers in 1992 Games Kills Pct. Digs Blocks


706 .362 527 413


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Honors & Awards

NAIA First Team All-America Dana Finley, 1991, 92 Kari Van Deusen, 1993 Kelly McCausland, 1995, 96 Brandy Malewski, 2000 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Ashley Frost, 2005 Natalja Tinina, 2005

NAIA Second Team All-America Mazie Pilut, 1993 Julie Martin, 1996 Karin Sisung, 1997 Brandy Malewski, 1998, 99 Natalja Tinina, 2004 Laura Lesko, 2005

NAIA Third Team All-America Elena Oparka, 1992 Maureen Paulin, 1994 Natalie Sayre, 2002 Ashley Frost, 2004

Honorable Mention All-America Meg Paris, 1995 Stephanie Uballe, 1999 Donna Birkenhier, 2001 Jennie Wind, 2001 Tera Morrill, 2002 Ashley Frost, 2003 Laura Lesko, 2003 Amanda Suder, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2003 Sharyse Bush, 2004 Caryn Inman, 2005

NAIA All-Region Dana Finley, 1991, 92 Tonia Smith,1992 Elena Oparka, 1992 Kari Van Deusen, 1993 Mazie Pilut, 1993 Maureen Paulin, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1995, 96 Meg Paris, 1995 Julie Martin, 1995, 96 Karin Sisung, 1997 Brandy Malewski, 1998, 99, 00 Rayna Vert, 1998 Brandy Malewski, 1999 Kelly Artymovich, 1999 Stephanie Uballe, 1999 Kelly Artymovich, 2000 Erin Cunningham, 2000 Donna Birkenhier, 2001 Jennifer Frost, 2001 Jennie Wind, 2001 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Natalie Sayre, 2002 Tera Morrill, 2002, 04 Ashley Frost, 2003, 04, 05 Laura Lesko, 2003, 05 Amanda Suder, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2003, 04, 05 Sharyse Bush, 2004 Caryn Inman, 2004, 05

NAIA All-Region Second Team

Volleyball Monthly Asics All-America First Team Dana Finley, 1992

Second Team Dana Finley, 1991 Kari Van Deusen, 1993 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Kelly McCausland, 1996

Meg Paris, 1996 Erin Gregoire, 1997 Deanne Helsom, 1998 Jennie Wind, 2000 Tera Morrill, 2003 Stefanie DeNardin, 2004 Kelsey Mack, 2005

All-WHAC First Team

NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete Jennifer Sladewski, 1990 Melissa Mars, 1991, 92 Jennifer Sladewski, 1991 Julie Wood, 1994 Erin Gregoire, 1996, 97 Heather Steinhelper, 1996 Deanne Helsom, 1998 Rayna Vert, 1998 Nicole Burns, 1999 Donna Birkenhier, 2001 Laura Lesko, 2003 Tera Morrill, 2003, 04 Natalja Tinina, 2004, 05 Ashley Frost, 2004, 05 50

Caryn Inman, 2005 Heather Spooner, 2005

Karin Sisung, 1997 Erin Gregoire, 1997 Brandy Malewski, 1997, 98, 99, 00 Erin Cunningham, 1998, 00 Rayna Vert, 1998 Deanne Helsom, 1998 Stephanie Uballe, 1998 Kelly Artymovich, 1999, 00 Stephanie Uballe, 1999 Jennie Wind, 2000, 01 Donna Birkenhier, 2001 Jennifer Frost, 2001 Marylu Hemme, 2001 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Natalie Sayre, 2002 Tera Morrill, 2002, 03, 04

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Laura Lesko, 2002, 03, 05 Amanda Suder, 2002, 03 Natalja Tinina, 2003, 04, 05 Ashley Frost, 2004, 05 Sharyse Bush, 2004 Caryn Inman, 2004, 05 Stefanie DeNardin, 2005

All-WHAC Second Team Deanne Helsom, 1997 Nicole Burns, 1998 Jennifer Russell, 1998 Nicole Burns, 1999 Donna Birkenhier, 2000 Marylu Hemme, 2000 Tera Morrill, 2001 Amanda Suder, 2001 Hayley Myers, 2002 Sharyse Bush, 2003 Stefanie DeNardin, 2004 Jacqui Gatt, 2005 Kelsey Mack, 2005

WHAC All-Freshman Team Natalja Tinina, 2002 Becci Crane, 2003 Caryn Inman, 2003 Jacqui Gatt, 2004 Kelsey Mack, 2005 Lubovj Tihomirova, 2005

WHAC Player-of-the-Year Karin Sisung, 1997 Brandy Malewski, 1998 ,99 ,00 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Amanda Suder, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2005

WHAC Libero-of-the-Year Amanda Suder, 2003

WHAC Setter-of-the-Year Ashley Frost, 2004, 05

WHAC Freshman-of-the-Year Natalja Tinina, 2002 Kelsey Mack, 2005

History a

Honors & Awards WHAC All-Academic Team Paula Dombrowski, 1997 Erin Gregoire, 1997 Nicole Scharrer, 1997 Vicki Toth, 1997 Rayna Vert, 1997, 98 Deanne Helsom, 1998 Rayna Vert, 1998 Jennifer Russell, 1998 Nicole Burns, 1998, 99 Erin Cunningham, 1999 Kelly Artymovich, 2000 Donna Birkenhier, 2000, 01 Hayley Myers, 2001 Amanda Suder, 2002, 03 Laura Lesko, 2003, 05 Tera Morrill, 2003, 04 Ashley Frost, 2004, 05 Natalja Tinina, 2004, 05 Stefanie DeNardin, 2005 Caryn Inman, 2005 Heather Spooner, 2005

NAIA Great Lakes All-Sectional Maureen Paulin, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1994, 95, 96 Julie Wood, 1994 Julie Martin, 1994, 95, 96 Meg Paris, 1995, 96 Erin Comment, 1995 Heather Steinhelper, 1995, 96 1996 Kelly McCausland Karin Sisung, 1996

NAIA Great Lakes Region Player-of-the-Year Maureen Paulin, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1995, 96

NAIA Region VIII Player-of-the-Year Brandy Malewski, 1999 Brandy Malewski, 2000 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Amanda Suder, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2005

NAIA First Team All-District 23 Tonia Smith, 1989, 90, 91, 92 Dana Hicks, 1990, 92 Stacey Girard, 1990 Penny Baker, 1991 Dana Hicks, 1991 Elena Oparka, 1992 Mazie Pilut, 1992 Kari Van Deusen, 1993 Mazie Pilut, 1993 Maureen Paulin, 1993

NAIA Second Team All-District 23 Marie Cervantes, 1988 Stacey Girard, 1989 Penny Baker, 1990 Melissa Mars, 1990, 91 Kristy McFadden, 1991 Elena Oparka, 1991 Melissa Mars, 1992 Maureen Paulin, 1992

Maureen Paulin, 1992, 93, 94 Erin Comment, 1995, 96 Erin Gregoire, 1997 Jennifer Russell, 1998 Kelly Artymovich, 1999 Marylu Hemme, 2000 Amanda Suder, 2001 Amanda Suder, 2002 Amanda Suder, 2003 Caryn Inman, 2004 Stefanie DeNardin, 2005

Kelly McCausland, 1993 Julie Martin, 1993 Julie Wood, 1993

Team Most Valuable Player Judy Eldebrock, 1987 Marie Cervantes, 1988 Tonia Smith, 1989 Dana Hicks, 1990 Dana Hicks, 1991 Dana Hicks, 1992 Maureen Paulin, 1993 Maureen Paulin, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Kelly McCausland, 1996 Karin Sisung, 1997 Brandy Malewski, 1998 Brandy Malewski, 1999 Brandy Malewski, 2000 Jennie Wind, 2001 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Amanda Suder, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2004 Natalja Tinina, 2005 Ashley Frost, 2005

Team Freshman-of-the-Year Deanne Helsom, 1996 Brandy Malewski, 1997 Marylu Hemme, 1998 Hayley Myers, 1999 Amanda Suder, 2000 Tera Morrill, 2001 Natalja Tinina, 2002 Caryn Inman, 2003 Jacqui Gatt, 2004 Kelsey Mack, 2005

Madonna Miss Volleyball Judy Eldebrock, 1987 Marie Cervantes, 1988 Tonia Smith, 1989 Dana Hicks, 1990 Dana Hicks, 1991 Dana Hicks, 1992 Mazie Pilut, 1993 Maureen Paulin, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Kelly McCausland, 1996 Erin Gregoire, 1997 Jennifer Russell, 1998 Brandy Malewski, 1999 Brandy Malewski, 2000 Jennie Wind, 2001 Natalie Sayre, 2002 Amanda Suder, 2003 Ashley Frost, 2004 Ashley Frost, 2005

Offensive Player-of-the-Year Marie Cervantes, 1988 Tonia Smith, 1989 Dana Hicks, 1990, 91 Elena Oparka. 1992 Kari Van Deusen, 1993 Kelly McCausland, 1994, 95 Julie Martin, 1994, 96 Karin Sisung, 1997 Brandy Malewski, 1998. 99. 00 Donna Birkenhier, 2001 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Natalja Tinina, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2004 Natalja Tinina, 2005

Amanda Suder was named Madonna’s Defensive Player-ofthe-Year in three straight seasons (2001-03).

Defensive Player-of-the-Year Marie Cervantes, 1988 Wendy Spencer, 1989 Jennifer Sladewski, 1990, 91


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All-Time Roster A Adams, Heather Adams, Julie Ali, Mona Artymovich, Kelly


Baker, Penny Ban, Lauren Bell, Sue Bernwanger, Lynn Birkenhier, Donna Blaznek, Kim Bond, Annette Boyd, Nicole Buche, Linsey Burns, Nicole Bush, Sharyse


Cervantes, Maria Cipparone, Liz Comment, Erin Crane, Becci Cunningham, Erin


Deane, Jaclyn DeNardin, Stefanie Diebold, Christine Dimambro, Ann Dombrowski, Paula Dreske, Lisa Dunning, Kate Eldebrock, Judy Ellul, Nikki

1988-91 2001-02 1991-92 1989 1998-01 1988 1987 2001 2002 1998-99 2003-04

1987-88 2004 1994-96 2003-05 1997-00

1995 2003-05 1987 1989 1996-97 1988-89 1993-94 1987 2005


Gallagher, Denise Gatt, Jacqui Girard, Stacey Goodlow, Tiffaney Gregoire, Erin Helsom, Deanne Hemme, MaryLu Hicks-Finley, Dana Inman, Caryn


Jenkins, Carrie Joseph, Tiffaney Kirby, Jenna Kosek, Kelly Kotulis, Katie Krach, Roseanne


Laurencelle, Marci LeBlanc, Kate Lesko, Laura



Fisher, Laura Frecsko, Elizabeth Frost, Ashley Frost, Jennifer



1998-99 1991-93 1987 1997-00

1992-94 2000-01 2002-05 2000-01

Mack, Kelsey Malewski, Brandy Marlow, Emily Mars, Melissa Martin, Julie McCausland, Kelly McFadden, Kristi Morrill, Tera Myers, Hayley Nykamp, Allison

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Oparka, Elena Paris, Meg Parslow, Stephanie Paulin, Maureen Perrone, Valerie Petroneus, Vicki Petrone, Joy Pilut, Mazie


2000-01 ACTIVE 1989-90 1990 1994-97 1996-98 1998-01 1990-92 ACTIVE

1991 1992-95 2004 2002 1999 1987-88

1992-94 2000-01 2001-05

2005 1997-00 1994-96 1989-92 1993-96 1993-96 1988-91 2000-04 1999-02 2002-03

Russell, Jennifer Saad, Rhonda Sayre, Natalie Scharrer, Nicole Schramski, Annette Sesto, Diana Sisung, Karin Sladewski, Jenny Sluder, Evette Spooner, Heather Spencer, Wendy Smith, Tonia Stanton, Shelley Steinhelper, Heather Suder, Amanda Szymanski, Amy


Tihomirova, Lubovj Tinina, Natalja Toth, Vicki Uballe, Stephanie Van Deusen, Kari Vert, Rayna Wesala, Wendy Wind, Jennie Wing, Jen Wood, Julie Wordhouse, Maria Zayti, Ashley

1991-92 1995-96 ACTIVE 1991-94 1989-90 1987 1987-88 1990-93

1995-98 1987 2000-02 1994-97 1992 2005 1995-97 1988-91 1990-91 ACTIVE 1988-89 1989-92 2002 1994-96 2000-03 ACTIVE

ACTIVE 2002-05 1994-97 1996-99 1993 1997-98 1988-89 1998-01 1999 1993-94 1989 2002

History a

Single Season Records 1,521 1,462 1,460 1,452 1,393


Shelley Stanton, 2002 Elena Oparka, 1992 Dana Finley, 1992 Julie Martin, 1996 Karin Sisung, 1997

417 370 355 338 331 305 274 268 247 241

ASSISTS 2,349 2,255 2,203 2,095 2,006 1,997 1,884 1,870 1,798 1,638

Meg Paris, 1995 Ashley Frost, 2003 Ashley Frost, 2005 Meg Paris, 1996 Ashley Frost, 2004 Mazie Pilut , 1993 Mazie Pilut, 1992 Natalie Sayre, 2002 Deanne Helsom, 1997 Deanne Helsom, 1998

TOTAL BLOCKS 575 467 456 413 392 390 379 364 356 343


Kelly McCausland appears in numerous record lists for the Crusaders and is one of two two-time first team All-Americans in MU history.

GAMES PLAYED 214 214 214 208 205 205 203 196 194 194

Kelly McCausland, 1995 Meg Paris, 1995 Erin Comment , 1995 Julie Martin, 1995 Kelly McCausland, 1996 Julie Martin, 1996 Meg Paris, 1996 Erin Gregoire, 1995 Heather Steinhelper, 1995 Nicole Scharrer, 1995

KILLS 893 881 881 880 801 786 784 778 744 707

Kelly McCausland, 1995 Natalja Tinina, 2005 Kelly McCausland, 1996 Shelley Stanton, 2002 Brandy Malewski, 2000 Julie Martin, 1996 Natalja Tinina, 2003 Natalja Tinina, 2004 Julie Martin, 1995 Sharyse Bush, 2003

ATTACKS 1,809 1,774 1,681 1,555 1,545

Kelly McCausland, 1996 Natalja Tinina, 2005 Natalja Tinina, 2004 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Sharyse Bush, 2004

110 101 97 94 94 88 81 79 77 75 75

Brandy Malewski, 1999 Julie Martin, 1995 Brandy Malewski, 1998 Dana Finley, 1992 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Nicole Burns, 1998 Stephanie Uballe, 1999 Julie Martin, 1996 Donna Birkenhier, 1999 Julie Martin, 1994

Amanda Suder, 2001 Dana Finley, 1992 Natalie Sayre, 2002 Jennifer Frost, 2001 Deanne Helsom, 1997 Jacqui Gatt, 2005 Tonia Smith, 1992 Deanne Helsom, 1998 Marylu Hemme, 1999 Kelly Artymovich, 2000 Tera Morrill, 2002

Brandy Malewski, 1999 Brandy Malewski, 1998 Julie Martin, 1995 Dana Finley, 1992 Stephanie Uballe, 1999 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Julie Martin, 1996 Nicole Burns, 1998 Julie Martin, 1994 Kari VanDeusen, 1993

DIGS 1011 916 912 901 806 799 792 787 772 736

Maureen Paulin, 1993 Erin Comment, 1995 Maureen Paulin, 1994 Kelly McCausland, 1995 Amanda Suder, 2003 Erin Gregoire, 1995 Julie Wood, 1993 Kari VanDeusen, 1993 Erin Gregoire, 1994 Amanda Suder, 2002

SOLO BLOCKS 158 118 116 115 112 111 107 92 86 81

Brandy Malewski, 1999 Stephanie Uballe, 1999 Kari VanDeusen, 1993 Julie Martin, 1994 Brandy Malewski, 1998 Julie Martin, 1996 Julie Martin, 1993 Kelly McCausland, 1994 Julie Martin, 1995 Brandy Malewski, 1997

Natalja Tinina earned All-American honors in 2005 after recording 881 kills, which is second all-time in Madonna history.


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Career Records

GAMES PLAYED Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Player Julie Martin Kelly McCausland Brandy Malewski Natalja Tinina Amanda Suder Erin Gregoire Maureen Paulin Marylu Hemme Tera Morrill Laura Lesko

ACES Yrs. 1993-96 1993-96 1997-00 2002-05 2000-03 1994-97 1991-94 1998-01 2001-04 2001-05

Total 710 705 671 631 625 624 617 613 595 593

Yrs. 2002-05 1993-96 1993-96 1997-00 2001-05 2001-04 2003-04 1991-92 1995-97 1997-00

Total 2,945 2,851 2,763 2,471 2,079 1,541 1,414 1,330 1,272 1,244

Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Yrs. 2002-05 1993-96 1993-96 1997-00 2001-05 2001-04 2003-04 1997-00 1995-97 1991-92

Total 6,193 5,352 5,323 4,589 3,862 3,470 3,074 2,923 2,885 2,828

Yrs. 2002-05 1991-93 1995-96 1998-01 1996-98 2000-02 1992-94 1991 1999 1991-94

Total 6,866 5,145 4,444 3,939 3,517 2,626 1,492 1,297 755 514

KILLS Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Player Maureen Paulin Kelly McCausland Marylu Hemme Natalja Tinina Tera Morrill Deanne Helsom Brandy Malewski Ashley Frost Laura Lesko Amanda Suder

BLOCK ASSISTS Yrs. 1991-94 1993-96 1998-01 2002-05 2001-04 1996-98 1997-00 2002-05 2001-05 2000-03

Total 261 255 240 239 223 196 191 189 188 184

Player Maureen Paulin Amanda Suder Erin Gregoire Kelly McCausland Tera Morrill Marylu Hemme Natalja Tinina Brandy Malewski Erin Cunningham Erin Comment

Yrs. 1991-94 2000-03 1994-97 1993-96 2001-04 1998-01 2002-05 1997-00 1997-00 1994-96

Total 2,860 2,492 2,296 2,217 2,117 1,970 1,714 1,708 1,686 1,662

SOLO BLOCKS Rk. Player 1 Julie Martin 2 Brandy Malewski 3 Kelly McCausland 4 Stephanie Uballe 5 Dana Finley Caryn Inman 7 Donna Birkenhier 8 Nicole Burns 9 Mazie Pilut 10 Kari VanDeusen

Yrs. 1993-96 1997-00 1993-96 1996-99 1991-92 2003-05 1998-01 1998-99 1991-93 1993

Total 419 418 284 184 137 137 129 127 121 116


Player Natalja Tinina Julie Martin Kelly McCausland Brandy Malewski Laura Lesko Tera Morrill Sharyse Bush Dana Finley Karin Sisung Erin Cunningham

ATTACKS Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Player Natalja Tinina Kelly McCausland Julie Martin Brandy Malewski Laura Lesko Tera Morrill Sharyse Bush Erin Cunningham Karin Sisung Dana Finley

Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Player Brandy Malewski Julie Martin Kelly McCausland Nicole Burns Dana Finley Stephanie Uballe Heather Steinhelper Donna Birkenhier Laura Lesko Caryn Inman

Yrs. 1997-00 1993-96 1993-96 1998-99 1991-92 1996-99 1994-96 1998-01 2001-05 2003-05

Total 1,130 1,098 775 540 536 527 466 464 442 386

Yrs. 1997-00 1993-96 1993-96 1996-99 1991-92 1998-99 1998-01 2001-05 2003-05 1994-96

Total 1,548 1,517 1,059 711 673 667 593 554 523 515

TOTAL BLOCKS Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Player Brandy Malewski Julie Martin Kelly McCausland Stephanie Uballe Dana Finley Nicole Burns Donna Birkenhier Laura Lesko Caryn Inman Heather Steinhelper

ASSISTS Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Player Ashley Frost Mazie Pilut Meg Paris Jennie Wind Deanne Helsom Natalie Sayre Laura Fisher Penny Baker Jen Wing Maureen Paulin

Ashley Frost celebrates with teammates after breaking the career record for assists during the 2005 season.


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History a

Yearly Results 1987 Record: 35-18 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Game-by-game results not available

1988 Record: 40-17 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Game-by-game results not available

1989 Record: 43-12 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Game-by-game results not available

1990 Record: 32-19 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Azusa Mesa State Chadron Chadron Azusa Mesa State Kalamazoo Oakland SVSU Parkside Georgetown L St. Francis (IL) Huntington Lenoir Rhyne Bluffton Northwood Bethel Tiffin Kzoo Valley Alma Southwestern Nazareth Hillsdale Siena Heights Spring Arbor Olivet Nazareth Aquinas U-M Dearborn G.R. Baptist Tiffin University Notre Dame Nazareth Schoolcraft Concordia MI Christian Aquinas Windsor U-M Dearborn Central State Alma College Aquinas Bethel Nazareth U-M Dearborn W. Ontario Windsor Spring Arbor Aquinas Northwood Western Ontario

L 3-15,15-7,8-15,6-15 L 9-15,15-10,15-6,8-15,11-15 L 12-15,15-13,3-15,15-13,11-15 L 7-15,8-15,8-15 L 4-15,9-15,3-15 L 4-15,8-15,1-15 W 15-12,15-6,15-13 L 15-17,15-9,5-15,15-10,4-15 W 16-14,15-12,16-14 L 7-15,13-15 13-15,10-15 L 4-15,9-15 L 11-15,13-15 W 15-9,16-14 L 7-15,4-15,15-9,15-13,14-16 L 4-15,15-10,8-15,6-15 W 15-7,15-5 W 15-7,15-4 W 15-7,15-8 W 7-15,15-7,15-10 W 15-5,15-7 W 15-12,15-8 W 15-2,115-6,15-7 W 15-6,15-4,15-8 W 15-13,15-6,15-7 W 15-7,15-5,15-4 W 15-7,15-0,15-11 L 15-11,11-15,6-15,12-15 W 13-15,15-7,17-15,16-18,15-10 W 15-1,15-5,15-2 W 15-13,13-15,15-12 W 15-5,15-4 W 15-12,16-14 L 0-15,8-15 W 15-4,15-10,15-5 W 15-2,15-8,15-1 L 11-15,15-10,11-15,10-15 W 15-6,15-11,15-5 W 15-5,13-15,15-7,14-16,15-6 W 16-14,15-3,15-2 W 15-13,18-16,13-15,15-13 L 12-15,5-15,15-10,12-15 W 15-7,15-3,15-4 W 15-9,15-1,17-15 W 15-5,15-4,15-10 W 15-12,15-0,16-14 W 15-7,12-15,15-8,15-9 W 10-15,15-8,15-7,15-9 W 16-14,15-6,7-15,15-10* L 15-9,9-15,6-15,13-15* L 16-14,6-15,14-16,7-15

1991 Record: 42-11 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Azusa BYU Hawaii Fort Hayes Mesa State Fort Hayes Mesa State BYU Hawaii Azusa Kalamazoo


15-10,15-4,11-15,6-15,15-9 4-15,15-12,1-15,9-15 15-2,15-5,15-9 5-15,7-15,15-7,12-15 15-6,6-15,8-15,15-10,15-10 2-15,15-6,2-15,15-17 6-15,8-15,6-15 15-10,7-15,9-15,15-12,4-15 12-15,15-7,15-8,9-15,17-15

Saginaw Valley John Carroll Bluffton St. Vincent U-M Dearborn Alma Wayne State Hillsdale Alma Siena Heights Spring Arbor Olivet Aquinas Indiana Tech Barat Defiance Windsor W. Ontario MacMaster Tiffin Windsor U-M Dearborn Northwood


13-15,11-15,15-6,15-9,2-15 15-12,15-2 15-12,15-6 15-5, 15-8 15-2,15-10 7-15,15-8,15-7 12-15,14-16,7-15 15-8,15-10,6-15,15-10 15-6,15-8,15-4 15-7,15-5,15-4 15-8,15-7,15-8 15-2,15-7 15-8,10-15,12-15 15-11,12-15 15-1,15-3 15-6,15-3 15-7,15-1, 15-13,16-14,15-6 15-8,15-2 15-8,16-14 15-5,15-7,15-9 15-12,15-5,15-11 15-6,11-15,15-5,15-5* 11-15,15-4,15-6,11-15,13-15*

1992 Record: 43-10 Coach: Jerry Abraham

MH Baylor Fort Lewis Mesa State Mesa State MH Baylor Fort Lewis Harding St.Xavier IUPUI Milligan Huntington Montevallo Wayne State Saginaw Valley Siena Heights Hillsdale National Lewis Wis. Lutheran Tri-State G.R. Baptist Central State Findlay Notre Dame W.V. Wesleyan Taylor W.V. Wesleyan Northwood California (PA) Gannon U-M Dearborn Aquinas Northwood


15-11,15-11,15-6 15-9,15-5,15-9 17-15,15-8,10-15,15-6 8-15,15-6,11-15,12-15 15-10,13-15,15-8,15-8 15-3,15-1,13-15,15-9 15-9,15-13 15-9,15-10 11-15,11-15 15-2,15-5 13-15,15-11,10-15 15-11,15-13 15-11,15-9,15-12 15-4,15-17,15-12,13-15, 15-7,15-6,15-5 15-3,10-15,15-12,15-10 15-8,15-11,15-8 15-10,15-9,15-17,15-5 15-5,15-6,15-3 15-4,15-5,15-4 15-5,15-1 15-4,15-10 15-3,15-8 15-2,11-15,15-8 14-16,13-15 8-15,9-15 2-15,6-15,10-15 15-12,12-15,15-12,159-15,7-15,12-15 15-9,15-6,16-14 9-15,15-4,16-14,15-10* 9-15,11-15,15-17*

1993 Record: 46-8 Coach: Jerry Abraham

W Nova Warner Southern W North Florida W W Fla. Tech. Palm Beach Atl. W W Clearwater W G.R. Baptist Mt. St. Joseph L W Tri-State W St. Xavier W IUPUI W Huntington W IUPUI Siena Heights W W Defiance Purdue Calumet W Spring Arbor W

15-2,15-0,15-5 15-3,15-2 15-1315-6,5-15,11-15,1715-12,15-11,8-15,15-3 15-6,15-9,16-14 15-3,15-5 15-8,15-0,15-1 9-15,14-16 15-4,15-3 15-7,15-8 15-7,4-15,15-5 15-6,15-9 21-19,15-13 15-,15-4,15-9 15-3,15-9 15-3,15-6 15-6,15-10

Grace St. Francis (IN) Spring Arbor Saginaw Valley Hillsdale Findlay W.V. Wesleyan Notre Dame Central State Notre Dame W.V. Wesleyan Northwood Spring Arbor Tri-State Windsor Incarnate Word St. Mary’s St.Edwards Incarnate Word Concordia Alma U-M Dearborn Windsor U-M Dearborn Wayne State W. Ontario Tiffin Aquinas Hillsdale U-M Dearborn Spring Arbor Mt. St. Joseph Nova St. Andrew’s Westmont Montevallo Henderson St.


15-6,15-7 15-8,15-7 6-15,15-1,7-15 12-15,15-12,16-14,1915-4,15-13,15-9 15-7,15-8 15-11,16-14 15-5,16-14 15-7,15-3 15-5,15-10 13-15,15-11,15-4 16-14,15-5,14-16,15-7 15-6,15-11,15-8 15-10,15-6,12-15,15-4 15-6,15-7,14-16,15-9 15-8,15-13,15-13 15-7,14-16,15-12,9-15,11-15 6-15,15-8,12-15,3-15 16-14,8-15,15-9,4-15,3-15 15-12,15-4,11-15,15-6 15-12,15-5,15-1 15-12,15-12,15-3 15-1,15-9,15-2 15-4,15-8,10-15,15-7 8-15,15-12,15-10,14-16,15-8 15-7,15-1,15-8 15-0,15-0,15-0 16-14,15-1,15-7 15-6,15-7,4-15,7-15,9-15 15-7,15-2,15-13* 15-11,15-7,11-15,15-17,15-8* 11-15,15-8,9-15,15-13,17-15* 15-2,15-8* 15-0,15-11* 15-10,12-15,12-15* 15-12,15-4* 5-15,15-10,11-15,13-15*

1994 Record: 29-20 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Fort Hayes Mesa State Black Hills E. Montana Huntington St. Francis (IL) Alma W Siena Heights MI. Christian W Concordia Saginaw Valley IUPUI Oakland Hillsdale U-M Dearborn Spring Arbor Tri-State Windsor Windsor Howard Payne MH Baylor W Dallas Baptist St. Edwards Incarnate Word St. Mary’s Houston Baptist Windsor Oakland MI. Christian W Windsor U-M Dearborn U-M Dearborn Montavello Juniata Peru State St. Francis (IL) Tampa Eckerd Rollins Florida S. 55

W 15-9,15-10,15-13 L 14-16,5-15,9-15 W 15-7,15-9,15-9 W 15-2,15-4,15-1 W 16-14,15-8 L 16-14,14-16,10-15 15-7,15-7,15-8 W 15-4,15-6,15-1 15-6,15-8,15-4 W 15-10,15-1,15-10 L 13-15,7-15,15-11,15-13,10-15 W 15-13,15-7,10-15,15-11 L 8-15,11-15,13-15 L 8-15,11-15,13-15 W 15-0,15-11,15-13 L 15-8,3-15,5-15,11-15 W 15-7,15-9,15-5 W 15-3,15-3 W 15-3,15-6 W 15-5,15-13 15-4,15-7 W 15-12,15-2 L 7-15,8-15 W 13-15,15-2,15-12 L 13-15,12-15 L 15-13,15-17,7-15 W 15-3,15-7,15-5 L 11-15,15-17,10-15 15-1,15-2,15-8 W 15-7,15-4,15-6 W 15-8,15-12,15-6 W 15-8,15-8,15-5 L 13-15,12-15,11-15 L 15-10,15-8,8-15,11-15,11-15 L 5-15,6-15,9-15 L 9-15,13-15,6-15 L 15-8,8-15,9-15,8-15 W 11-15,15-8,15-10,15-8 L 15-10,9-15,9-15,10-15 L 4-15,13-15,12-15

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Yearly Results 1995 Record: 48-14 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Mesa State Alaska-Anchorage Western State Seattle Pacific Hillsdale Siena Heights Trinity Christian St. Francis (IL) Georgetown Mt. St. Joseph Huntington Oakland Wayne State Walsh Concordia U-M Dearborn IUPUI Tri-State Taylor IUPUI Taylor Saginaw Valley U-M Dearborn Spring Arbor Tri-State Bethel St. Mary’s Alma Siena Heights Urbana Defiance Spring Arbor Huntington U-M Dearborn Grace Windsor Tri-State Illinois-Springfield Olivet Ohio Dominican Walsh U-M Dearborn Windsor Montevallo St. Xavier St. Francis (IL) Juniata Weber Nova S.Eastern Fla. Inst. Tech. Eckerd Central State Mt. St. Joseph Judson Aquinas Huntington Mt. Vernon Naz. Taylor Seton Hill Puget Sound Columbia Dordt


9-15,11-15,10-15 15-7,0-15,4-15,9-15 6-15,15-5,13-15,17-15,15-9 11-15,5-15,4-15 13-15,15-4,11-15,15-11,15-11 15-6,15-12,15-13 15-1,15-1,15-11 13-15,15-17,17-15,15-0,15-12 11-15,5-15,12-15 15-3,8-15,15-13,15-7 10-15,15-11,2-15,7-15 6-15,15-10,16-14,15-11 14-16,12-15,15-11,16-14,15-12 10-15,16-14,9-15,7-15 12-15,10-15,15-7,15-9,1-15 16-14,15-5,15-9 15-6,15-5 15-4,15-5 9-15,15-12,15-13 15-12,15-11 15-6,15-9 7-15,15-12,11-15,15-4,6-15 15-1,9-15,16-14,15-8 15-9,15-4,15-3 15-12,15-10,15-10 15-9,15-10,16-18,16-14 15-13,15-5,15-9 15-9,15-9,15-3 15-9,15-9,16-14 15-6,15-3 15-5,15-9 15-9,15-9 12-15,15-13,5-15 13-15,15-8,15-13,15-8 15-7,14-16,15-5,13-15,15-13 15-4,16-14,15-1 18-16,10-15,13-15,15-4,10-15 15-2,15-10 15-0,15-4 15-12,15-9 15-4,15-10,15-8 15-4,15-13,15-3 15-8,15-7,15-10 15-13,15-17,12-15,6-15 15-12,16-14,15-8 16-14,5-15,15-9,15-10 15-13,5-15,15-12,15-12 15-2,15-2,15-6 15-8,17-15,15-8 9-15,15-10,15-9,15-4 13-15,15-1,15-2,15-6 15-1,15-2,15-7* 15-9,15-2,15-3* 15-4,15-4,15-4* 15-6,15-11,3-15,15-12* 15-9,15-11,15-6* 16-14,15-10,13-15,15-8* 16-14,15-12,6-15,2-15,15-8* 15-3,15-5,15-4* 1-15,12-15,7-15* 15-4,3-15,6-15,10-15* 6-15,1-15,15-3,4-15*

1996 Record: 52-6 Coach: Jerry Abraham

Seattle Pacific W Adams State W Wayne State W Al.-Fairbanks W Rio Grande W Spring Arbor W Georgetown L Trinity Christian W St. Francis (IL) L Spring Arbor W Lenoir-Rhyne W W S.C.-Aiken West Georgia W


15-11,15-7,15-17,11-15,15-4 15-5,15-8,15-5 15-3,13-15,11-15,15-9,15-10 6-15,15-10,14-16,15-9,15-10 15-3,15-2,15-5 15-1,15-8,15-7 1-15,1-15,11-15 15-1,15-9,15-3 8-15,15-11,13-15,12-15 15-4,15-11,15-6 15-5,14-16,15-7,15-11 15-10,15-3,15-3 15-0,15-7,15-2

Fla. Inst. Tech. Hillsdale Siena Heights Mt. Vernon Naz. Tri-State Goshen Hillsdale Concordia U-M Dearborn Wayne State Oakland Windsor Huntington Concordia Rio Grande Rosary Grace Tri-State U-M Dearborn Taylor Lake Superior St. Ambrose St. Xavier St. Francis (IL) St. Mary’s (IN) Eckerd Palm Beach Atl. Eckerd U-M Dearborn Tri-State Siena Heights St. Francis (IN) Walsh Central State Mt. St. Joseph Wis. Lutheran Purdue Calumet Aquinas Bethel Grace Aquinas Point Loma Naz. Hastings Peru State BYU Hawaii


15-9,15-9,11-15,15-5 15-8,15-7,15-8 15-0,15-1,15-2 15-5,15-11,15-9 15-4,15-6,15-8 15-9,15-8,15-7 12-15,15-3,15-9,15-9 15-1,15-8,15-12 15-7,15-7,15-8 12-15,15-8,15-11,15-12 10-15,15-7,12-15,9-15 15-12,16-18,4-15,15-8,15-11 15-7,15-7,15-5 15-1215-3,15-8 15-12,15-2,15-1 15-7,15-9,15-1 15-10,15-9,13-15,8-15,15-11 15-8,15-7,15-4 13-15,15-6,15-5,15-6 15-17,17-15,15-3,15-7 15-9,15-7,13-15,15-5 15-6,15-5,15-8 9-15,15-8,15-4,15-10 15-8,15-6,15-9 15-9,15-7,13-15,15-12 15-7,15-0,15-11 15-3,15-8,15-7 15-10,15-8,15-7 15-3,15-4,15-7 15-3,15-8,15-4 15-4,15-1,15-5 15-3,15-2,15-11 15-2,15-3,15-11 15-3,15-4,15-3* 15-7,15-5,15-1* 15-3,15-4,15-0* 14-16,15-7,16-14,15-6* 10-15,15-6,15-3,15-17,14-16* 15-6,12-15,15-4,11-15,15-10* 15-12,14-16,15-7,15-1* 15-11,15-9,15-6* 10-15,12-15,14-16* 15-9,15-12,4-15,15-8* 8-15,15-9,15-10,15-11* 8-15,5-15,6-15*

1997 Record: 34-15, 10-2 WHAC Coach: Jerry Abraham

Rio Grande Lindsey Wilson Spalding Georgetown Huntington U-M Dearborn Olivet Nazarene St. Xavier Northwood Saginaw Valley West Georgia Francis Marion Lenoir-Rhyne Fla. Inst. Tech Tri-State Spring Arbor Concordia Wayne State Siena Heights Hillsdale Aquinas Oakland Grace Rio Grande Walsh Taylor Cornerstone Spring Arbor Windsor U-M Dearborn Tri-State St. Francis (IL) Wisc. Oshgosh Washington St. Ambrose Concordia Palm Beach Atl. Clearwater Xtian Siena Heights

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15-6,15-4,18-16 15-2,15-8,15-9 15-7,15-8,15-7 15-12,15-17,15-10,14-16,6-15 15-9,15-4,15-4 15-7,15-12,16-14 15-6,17-15,15-12 15-9,15-8,11-15,15-10 7-15,7-15,10-15 14-16,15-12,12-15,9-15 15-5,15-8,15-7 15-10,8-15,4-15,15-5,11-15 15-2,15-4,15-11 15-11,15-9,9-15,15-13 15-12,15-6,15-3 15-6,15-8,15-2 13-15,15-8,15-8,15-10 7-15,4-15,13-15 9-15,15-4,5-15,15-7,8-15 5-15,9-15,15-10,13-15 11-15,3-15,15-7,15-4,15-3 9-15,10-15,15-12,6-15 15-2,15-5,15-4 15-5,15-2,8-15,15-6 15-7,15-8,15-10 11-15,14-16,16-14,4-15 15-7,15-13,8-15,15-7 15-13,15-2,15-5 15-5,15-12,15-3 15-5,14-16,4-15,15-8,15-11 13-15,15-11,9-15,14-16 14-16,9-15,6-15 15-4,17-15,10-15,6-15,15-9 7-15,14-16,7-15 8-15,15-8,11-15,15-5,15-10 15-5,15-9,15-2 15-3,15-8,13-15,15-8 15-10,15-2,15-2 15-6,15-5,15-6

Cornerstone Hillsdale Aquinas Spring Arbor Aquinas U-M Dearborn Walsh U-M Dearborn Taylor Bethel


15-6,15-7,15-10 4-15,9-15,5-15 15-17,15-7,15-12,16-14 15-12,15-8,15-5* 15-8,15-5,17-15* 16-14,17-15,15-12 16-14,11-15,15-6,15-9* 15-8,15-10,15-10* 15-9,2-15,12-15,6-15* 14-16,15-9,9-15,5-15*

1998 Record: 44-7, 12-0 WHAC Coach: Jerry Abraham

Colorado Mines W Fort Lewis W Embry-Riddle W Embry-Riddle W Colorado Mines W Brescia W Midway W Brescia W Georgetown L Tri-State W Hillsdale W Trinity Christian W Walsh W Olivet Nazarene W St. Francis (IL) W Bethel L Spring Arbor W Saginaw Valley L Concordia W Siena Heights W Hillsdale L Aquinas W Alma W Cornerstone W Marian W Spring Arbor W Tusculum W Mt. Vernon Naz. L U-M Dearborn L Tri-State W U-M Dearborn W Spring Arbor W Wisconsin-Oshkosh W St. Francis (IL) W St. Ambrose W St. Thomas W Concordia W St. Francis (IN) W Siena Heights W W Windsor Aquinas W Nova S.Eastern W Palm Beach Atl. W Cornerstone W Tri-State W Siena Heights W W Dominican Indiana Wesleyan W Mt. Vernon Naz. W W U-M Dearborn Taylor L

15-7,15-9,15-10 15-8,13-15,15-9,15-9 15-13,15-17,17-15,15-9 15-5,10-15,15-2,11-15,15-12 15-13,15-9,15-5 15-2,15-8,15-2 15-3,15-1,15-7 18-16,12-15,15-7,15-7 11-15,0-15,8-15 15-3,15-13,15-10 15-12,6-15,15-6,15-0 15-1,15-5,15-9 15-10,15-8,15-9 15-4,15-7,15-6 15-10,15-9,15-8 15-12,15-13,11-15,15-17,12-15 15-7,15-8,15-7 4-15,11-15,15-6,6-15 15-5,15-4,15-4 15-7,15-8,15-9 15-12,15-9,13-15,10-15,5-15 15-9,15-4,15-4 15-3,15-5,15-11 12-15,15-12,15-8,15-9 15-5,15-3,15-9 15-10,9-15,15-4,15-10 15-4,15-4,15-5 9-15,15-13,5-15,15-13,5-15 10-15,15-12,10-15,12-15 11-15,15-8,15-6,15-8 9-15,15-12,15-12,15-11 15-2,15-9,15-1 15-10,15-13,11-15,15-9 15-13,11-15,15-11,9-15,15-5 3-15,15-11,15-12,15-3 15-13,15-5,15-4 15-8,15-3,15-5 15-3,15-9,14-16,15-11 15-10,15-3,15-11 15-5,15-7,15-3 15-10,15-5,15-9 15-7,15-0,15-13 9-15,15-7,15-2,15-12 15-11,15-2,15-11 15-4,15-5,15-5* 15-6,8-15,15-3,9-15,15-6* 15-6,12-15,15-3,15-13* 10-15,15-2,15-3,15-7* 15-5,15-6,15-5* 15-5,15-3,15-6* 9-15,7-15,7-15*

1999 Record: 29-14, 11-1 WHAC Coach: Jerry Abraham

Fort Lewis Bemidji State Tex.A&M Comm. Mesa State Alma College Huntington Rio Grande Taylor Bethel Tri-State U-M Dearborn Spring Arbor Huntington Concordia Nova S.Eastern Huston-Tillotson Huntingdon Palm Beach Atl. Nova S.Eastern


15-5, 15-12, 15-13 15-5, 6-15, 15-11, 7-15, 11-15 12-15, 15-13, 15-12, 9-15, 13-15 15-7,15-12,13-15,12-15, 15-8 15-2, 15-4, 15-4 15-3, 15-5, 13-15, 15-10 15-4, 15-4, 15-8 10-15, 11-15, 15-7, 14-16 15-9, 12-15, 15-10, 15-3 15-13, 15-10, 15-7 15-8, 15-12, 15-7 15-2, 15-1, 16-14 15-4, 15-10, 15-9 15-3, 15-4, 15-9 11-15, 11-15, 13-15 15-11, 15-6, 15-8 9-15, 15-6, 13-15, 15-1, 15-10 18-16, 11-15, 16-14, 15-7 15-11, 15-2, 9-15, 15-11

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Yearly Results Saginaw Valley Cornerstone Univ. Siena Heights Aquinas College Purdue-Calumet Mt. Vernon Naz. U-M Dearborn Tri-State Washington U. William Woods Evangel Univ. Culver-Stockton Spring Arbor Hillsdale Concordia Cornerstone St. Mary’s Bethel Dordt (IA) St. Francis (IL) Siena Heights Eckerd (FL) Aquinas Tri-State


15-7, 15-6, 15-6 7-15, 8-15, 6-15 15-3, 15-13, 15-11 15-3, 15-7, 6-15, 15-5 14-16, 15-8, 15-8, 15-9 15-9,13-15,15-6,10-15, 13-15 15-10,10-15,13-15,15-1, 15-8 15-9,15-17,15-9,15-10 6-15,15-7,15-9,11-15, 8-15 16-14, 9-15, 15-13, 3-15, 15-13 15-9,15-10,3-15,11-15, 6-15 10-15, 18-16, 15-6, 20-18 15-11, 15-4, 15-8 18-15,15-4,13-15, 3-15 15-12, 15-1, 15-3 15-7, 9-15, 15-7, 15-11 6-15, 11-15, 4-15 7-15, 15-13, 10-15,10-15 5-15, 6-15, 8-15 7-15, 6-15, 15-11, 5-15 15-10, 15-7, 12-12, 15-6 17-15, 15-9, 8-15, 15-9 15-3, 15-13, 15-1 1-15, 11-15, 15-6, 6-15*

2000 Record: 40-8, 11-1 WHAC Coach: Jerry Abraham

Montana St. BillingsW W New Mexico St. W New Mex. High. L Fort Lewis W Tri-State W Huntington W Lake Superior St. W Saginaw Valley W Georgetown (KY) L Spring Arbor W U-M Dearborn W Concordia W Hillsdale W. Siena Heights W Wingate W Nova S.Eastern W Birmingham S. W U-M Dearborn W Palm Beach Atl. L Aquinas W Alma W Windsor W Cornerstone L W U-M Dearborn Tri-State W W Spring Arbor Marycrest . (AL) W Illinois-Springfield W Illinois Tech W Olivet Nazarene W Concordia W Illinois Wesleyan W Savannah W Washington (MO) L Thomas More W Siena Heights W W Cornerstone Aquinas W Warner Southern W L Eckerd Siena Heights W Cornerstone W Indiana Wesleyan W Cornerstone W W Bloomfield L St. Mary Point Loma Naz. L W Albertson

15-3, 15-6, 15-10 15-6, 5-15, 15-9, 15-10 14-16, 8-15, 16-14, 15-11, 11-15 15-1, 15-10, 15-12 15-2, 15-5, 15-7 15-7, 15-5, 15-4 15-9, 15-9, 15-13 15-8, 15-9, 9-15, 15-13 11-15, 2-15, 9-15 15-7, 15-6, 15-2 15-4, 15-10, 15-8 15-5, 15-2, 15-6 15-11, 15-9, 15-8 15-5, 16-14, 15-8 15-11, 15-3, 15-8 15-2, 15-10, 15-10 15-5, 15-6, 15-5 15-2, 15-11, 15-12 13-15, 15-10, 11-15, 11-15 15-12, 15-6, 15-10 15-12, 15-8, 15-5 15-1, 15-3, 15-4 4-15, 7-15, 10-15 15-3, 15-6, 15-5 15-2, 15-13, 15-5 15-0, 15-0, 15-3 15-1, 15-1, 15-1 15-4, 15-3, 15-8 15-11, 15-9, 15-8 15-10, 15-13, 15-7 15-6, 15-1, 15-0 10-15, 15-6, 15-6, 15-5 15-5, 12-15, 15-7, 15-2 8-15, 15-8, 11-15, 16-18 15-13, 15-6, 15-6 15-5, 15-7, 15–6 15-13, 15-5, 15-5 15-17, 15-11, 15-1, 15-7 15-7, 15-1, 15-2 12-15, 7-15, 15-8, 9-15 15-2, 15-17, 15-2, 15-13* 15-13, 7-15, 15-9, 15-8* 15-4, 15-5, 15-11* 15-8, 15-12, 15-10* 15-5, 15-6, 15-4* 7-15, 11-15, 11-15* 15-13, 3-15, 2-15, 10-15* 17-15, 11-15, 15-9, 15-13*

2001 Record: 32-10, 11-1 WHAC Coach Jerry Abraham

Mercyhurst Hillsdale Rochester Ohio Dominican Robert Morris Point Loma Naz. California Baptist Biola University Spring Arbor Huntington Taylor Saginaw Valley Lake Superior St. Siena Heights Saginaw Valley U-M Dearborn Cornerstone Concordia Aquinas Tri-State Spalding Westminster Spalding Westminster Concordia Mt. Vernon Naz. Alma Tri-State Siena Heights Windsor Millikin Savannah Art/Design St. Francis (IN) Aquinas Spring Arbor Cornerstone Eckerd Spring Arbor* Cornerstone* Taylor*

L 23-30, 27-30, 30-19, 28-30 L 21-30, 30-24, 23-30, 17-30 W 30-6, 30-11, 30-7 W 30-9, 30-21, 30-15 W 30-15, 30-21, 30-16 L 22-30, 19-30, 21-30 W 30-27, 30-26, 30-26 L 24-30, 27-30, 16-30 W 30-16, 30-19, 30-23 W 30-14, 30-20, 30-16 L 17-30, 31-29, 24-30, 18-30 W 30-23, 30-12, 30-18 L 28-30, 24-30, 25-30 W 30-16, 30-24, 30-27 W 30-21, 30-28, 30-28 W 30-16, 27-30, 30-26, 30-14 W 30-20, 30-19, 30-21 W 30-23, 30-14, 30-24 W 30-13, 30-28, 30-25 W 30-13, 30-13, 30-8 W 30-18, 30-26, 33-31 W 30-20, 30-21, 30-28 W 30-17, 30-21, 30-18 W 30-22, 30-19, 30-23 W 30-8, 30-18, 30-22 W 30-20, 30-18, 30-24 W 30-15, 30-20, 30-18 W 30-7, 30-11, 30-12 L 28-30, 30-22, 30-19, 26-30, 11-15 W 30-21, 30-18, 30-28 W 30-16, 30-18, 30-18 W 30-10, 30-7, 30-18 W 30-28, 30-14, 30-22 W 30-23, 30-28, 30-20 W 30-23, 30-14, 30-23 W 30-16, 30-20, 22-30, 30-24 L 30-20,30-27,25-30, 17-30, 5-15 W 30-27, 30-24, 30-24 L 27-30, 28-30, 21-30 L 22-30, 30-28, 24-30, 16-30

2002 Record: 48-4, 12-0 WHAC Coach Jerry Abraham

Notre Dame UM Dearborn Urbana Urbana Missouri Baptist Albertson Olivet Naz. Point Loma Caroll Concordia Huntington Georgetown Saginaw Valley Hillsdale Siena Heights Aquinas Palm Beach Atl. Northwood (FL) Cornerstone Tri-State Spring Arbor Westminster Spalding Robert Morris (IL) Newman St. Francis (IN) Siena Heights Windsor UM Dearborn Windsor Concordia King Evangel Robert Morris (IL) Taylor Aquinas Saginaw Valley Cornerstone Eckerd Tri-State Spring Arbor


30-23, 30-20-30-19 30-22, 30-21, 30-20 30-15, 30-15, 30-19 30-17, 30-22, 30-13 27-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-27 30-17, 30-25, 30-28 20-30, 30-27, 17-30, 30-20, 12-15 30-26, 28-30, 30-23, 25-30, 11-15 30-23, 30-23, 30-24 30-11, 30-19, 30-12 30-13, 30-17, 30-25 30-9, 30-23, 30-26 30-22, 30-20, 30-17 30-18, 25-30, 30-25, 30-18 33-31, 30-16, 30-15 30-13, 30-19, 30-18 30-19, 30-19, 30-28 30-19, 30-16, 30-19 30-17, 30-17, 30-15 30-8, 30-15, 30-10 30-12, 30-13, 33-15 30-20, 30-21, 30-28 30-17, 30-21, 30-18 30-11, 30-15, 30-17 30-13, 30-20, 30-20 30-19, 30-15, 30-19 30-16, 30-12, 30-11 30-23, 30-18, 30-16 30-11, 30-24, 30-16 30-21, 30-18, 30-28 30-17, 30-13, 30-17 29-31, 30-19, 30-24, 30-20 30-17, 30-19, 30-12 30-15, 30-14, 30-17 30-19, 26-30, 32-30, 30-28 30-14, 30-25, 30-14 30-19, 30-25, 30-20 30-20, 30-22, 30-25 28-30, 30-22, 26-30, 28-30 30-12, 31-29, 30-16 30-16, 30-17, 30-15

Windsor Aquinas* Cornerstone* Taylor* Indiana Wesleyan* Palm Beach Atl.* Ind. Southeast* Walsh* Dickinson* Westmont* Houston Baptist*


25-17, 25-10, 25-21 30-6, 30-17, 30-14 30-25, 30-22, 30-23 30-23, 25-30, 31-29, 30-25 30-21, 30-22, 30-28 30-23, 30-28, 30-28 30-26, 30-16, 26-30, 30-17 30-19, 30-27, 30-17 30-25, 30-24, 20-30, 15-30, 17-15 30-6, 30-17, 30-14 25-30, 18-30, 30-27, 30-27, 12-15

2003 Record: 44-4, 10-0 WHAC Coach Jerry Abraham

Rochester Urbana Lee Doane BIOLA UM Dearborn Fort Lewis College Colorado Springs WALSH COLLEGE GEORGETOWN TRIN. CHRISTIAN OLIVET NAZ ROCHESTER Cornerstone UM DEARBORN SIENA HEIGHTS Columbia Illinois Tech St. Francis Cornerstone UM DEARBORN SPRING ARBOR Aquinas Lubbock Houston Baptist Spring Hill St. Francis (Ill) Concordia Spring Arbor CORNERSTONE Siena Heights IU-Southeast St. Xavier Univ. Bethel St. Francis (Ill) AQUINAS Warner Southern CONCORDIA SAG. VALLEY ST. SIENA HEIGHTS * CORNERSTONE * Indiana Wesleyan Cornerstone Lubbock Christian Georgetown Spring Hill Dordt Biola



30-10,30-7,30-17 28-30,30-22,31-29,30-25 26-30,30-21,30-27,26-30,15-10 28-30,30-22,31-29,30-25 30-26,27-30,32-30,30-22 30-21,30-21,30-15 31-33,30-15,30-14,30-17 30-13,30-32,30-23,30-17 24-30,27-30,30-21,30-16,15-11 30-21,31-29,29-31,30-27 30-17,30-18,30-19 30-32,30-22,36-34,30-21 30-17,30-12,30-14 30-20,30-28,30-28 30-21,30-28,30-15 30-12,30-17,30-18 30-27,30-27,30-18 30-23,30-25,30-21 30-17,30-27,30-22 30-9,26-30,30-22,30-22 30-20,30-19,19-30,30-6 30-15,30-20,30-13 30-16,30-18,30-22 30-22,22-30,20-30,26-30 30-23,30-27,25-30,32-30 30-18,30-21,30-15 30-22,30-26,30-26 30-17,30-16,30-17 30-14,30-17,30-21 30-21,30-21,30-20 30-21,36-34,30-19 26-30,14-30,23-30 30-27,30-13,30-23 30-28,30-20,27-30,30-17 30-18,26-30,30-19,30-23 30-10,30-12,30-10 30-14,30-14,30-18 30-16,30-11,30-18 30-18,30-20,30-20 30-11,30-21,30-23 26-30,25-30,30-22,23-30 30-26,30-16,30-28 30-28,22-30,30-21,30-28 23-30,20-9,26-16,27-17 32-30,27-30,21-30,30-25,15-9 30-22,30-16,30-14 27-30,30-20,30-27,23-30,15-8 30-25,29-31,22-30,23-30

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Yearly Results

The 2005 Madonna volleyball team poses with the WHAC regular season and tournament championship trophies after defeating Cornerstone in the legue tournament title game. Madonna would go on to one of their best seasons in school history with a 48-2 record and ‘Final Four’ berth.

2004 Record: 42-5, 9-1 WHAC Coach: Jerry Abraham

NOTRE DAME Spring Arbor Col. of the Ozarks St. Francis Cornerstone Indiana Wesleyan Azusa Pacific Col. of Southwest Master's College Franciscan Univ. TRNTY CHRIS. GEORGETOWN OLIVET NAZ. SAG. VALLEY ST. Concordia WINDSOR UM-DEARBORN Robert Morris Wilmington St. Thomas (Fla.) CORNERSTONE BETHEL TRINITY INTL. ST. FRANCIS MISSOURI BAPT. Siena Heights OLIVET AQUINAS UM-DEARBORN Cornerstone Tiffin UM-DEARBORN Illinois Tech Ohio Dominican


W 30-12,30-17,30-17 W 30-13,30-15,30-13 W 30-12,30-28,30-14 W 30-21,30-13,30-25 L 23-30,30-17,30-26,18-30,7-15 W 30-17,30-20,30-20 W 30-18,30-26,30-20 W 30-27,30-26,30-17 W 30-17,30-22,30-28 W 30-10,30-15,30-23 W 30-10,30-14,30-15 W 26-30,30-23,30-28,28-30,15-10 W 30-17,30-15,30-25 W 30-18,30-16,30-20 W 30-10,30-13,30-13 W 30-21,30-14,30-16 W 30-17,30-16,30-11 W 30-11,30-18,30-13 W 30-19,30-14,30-16 W 30-15,30-22,30-21 W 30-20,30-27,30-26 W 30-18,30-16,30-14 W 30-22,30-12,30-19 W 30-24,30-26,30-17 W 30-16,30-11,30-20 W 30-20,30-21,30-17 W 30-20,30-10,30-13 W 30-18,30-14,30-17 W 30-28,30-9,30-17 L 30-14,20-30,25-30,24-30 W 30-28,30-16,30-18 W 30-21,30-15,30-15 W 30-11,30-5,30-19 W 30-12,30-19,30-18

CONCORDIA Webber Intl. Aquinas Saints SIENA HEIGHTS Saginaw Valley AQUINAS CORNERSTONE Taylor Cornerstone Cedarville Iowa Wesleyan Saint Mary (NE) Fresno Pacific

30-12,30-11,30-14 30-14,30-17,30-18 30-15,30-25,30-10 30-5,30-11,30-14 30-15,30-28,30-25 30-17,30-22,30-21 30-21,25-30,30-26,30-20 30-25,30-23,30-24 27-30,30-32,30-27,26-30 26-30,30-28,30-25,30-24 30-24,26-30,30-26,23-30,10-15 32-30,30-21,26-30,27-30,12-15 30-26,30-27,30-27

2005 Record: 48-2, 12-0 WHAC Coach: Jerry Abraham

Urbana Bethel Tiffin Georgetown Evangel William Jewell Mid-America Naz. Baker Col. of the Ozarks SAG. VALLEY ST. GEORGETOWN WALSH DAEMEN CONCORDIA Olivet WINDSOR Siena Heights Flagler Northwood (FL) Florida Memorial Embry-Riddle (FL) Palm Beach Atl. CORNERSTONE ST. FRANCIS (IN) WINDSOR

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30-18,30-25,30-23 30-19,30-19,30-19 30-16,30-20,30-17 30-23,24-30,30-27,30-26 30-12,30-18,30-22 30-15,30-18,30-19 30-16,30-20,30-12 30-18,23-30,30-9,30-17 30-23,30-21,30-22 30-24,30-23,30-22 30-20,32-30,30-24 30-27,30-26,30-20 30-21,30-14,30-12 30-13,30-13,30-18 30-19,30-12,30-12 30-23,30-18,30-19 30-13,30-19,30-13 30-12,30-16,30-17 30-8,30-7,30-11 30-12,30-6,30-16 30-21,30-21,30-27 30-20,30-10,30-18 30-16,27-30,30-21,30-19 30-19,30-20,30-16 30-17,30-15,30-17

Aquinas UM-DEARBORN Indiana Tech SPRING ARBOR Concordia SIENA HEIGHTS Illinois Tech St. Ambrose (IA) Taylor St. Francis (IL) Cornerstone UM-Dearborn Warner Southern INDIANA TECH AQUINAS INDIANA TECH CORNERSTONE BETHEL (IN) CORNERSTONE Indiana-Southeast SCAD Azusa Pacific National American Texas Wesleyan California Baptist


30-23,30-26,30-23 30-13,30-14,30-25 30-15,30-22,30-25 30-17,30-13,30-21 30-14,30-10,30-19 30-14,30-19,30-17 30-23,30-16,30-23 30-14,30-22,30-21 30-16,30-11,30-16 30-15,30-26,30-21 30-23,30-27,30-11 30-19,30-20,30-20 30-9,30-7,30-12 30-11,30-13,30-11 30-14,30-12,30-18 30-12,30-18,30-17 30-16,24-30,30-17,30-25 30-23,30-6,30-19 30-19,30-5,30-19 30-18,34-32,30-25 30-12,30-26,30-20 30-28,26-30,30-27,30-24 30-20,16-30,28-30,21-30 30-28,30-21,23-30,30-15 30-26,26-30,28-30,30-23,8-15

Your Success: Our Greatest Achievement Beyond nurturing our students to succeed, Madonna University is: • Ranked in the U.S. News and World Report of "America's Best Colleges" • Noted in Great Colleges for the Real World by Michael Voillt • Selected as one of only 12 institutions for the Foundations of Excellence Project

13:1 student to faculty ratio One of the most affordable private Catholic, liberal arts universities in the nation. Over 25 clubs and organizations for student involvement. Over $1.6 million in institutional financial aid awarded annually.


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91% of Madonna graduates are employed within 12 months of graduation.

ocated in Livonia, Michigan, ranked as one of the safest cities in the U.S., Madonna University has served the community for nearly 70 years. Our convenient metropolitan location, situated on 49 wooded acres, provides students the opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually and personally.


Our distinguished reputation of academic excellence, combined with a strong liberal arts foundation and solid career preparation led to Madonna University being ranked as one of the Best 201 Colleges for the Real World. Madonna’s excellent curriculum offers over 70 undergraduate majors to meet

Madonna University is nationally recognized for pioneering four-year degree programs in sign language, hospice, gerontology, paralegal studies and fire science.

• First year students at Madonna average a 3.2 GPA and a 23 composite ACT score.

• Madonna's diverse student body has enrolled students from 27 states and more than 50 countries.

One of the nation’s premier athletic programs, Madonna is dedicated to and successful in all 11 of its varsity sports. Under the leadership of Athletic Director Bryan Rizzo, Madonna continues to build on its tradition each season. With several nationally recognized programs, Madonna Athletics has exploded on the national scene in just under 20 years.

ATHLETIC NOTES: • Madonna ranked among the top 25 in five of its 11 varsity sports in 2005-06. • 28 Madonna student-athletes captured NAIA AllAmerican awards in their respective sports. • Madonna’s athletic teams made two national championship tournament appearances in 2004-05.

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Madonna has produced 36 conference and district titles overall, including four WHAC regular season championships in 2005-06 (baseball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball). Madonna student-athletes earned 63 All-WHAC honors, including a league best six WHAC Player-of-the-Year awards. Madonna’s excellence continued in the classroom in 2005-06 with student-athletes earning 39 academic awards at the WHAC, Region VIII and NAIA National levels.

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Ben Ramsey earned Madonna Athletics first ever First Team All-American award for a male athlete after a stellar 2006 season. Ramsey helped lead the Crusaders baseball team to WHAC and NAIA Region VIII titles.


President Sister Rose Marie Kujawa T

he Board of Trustees at Madonna University appointed Sister RoseMarie Kujawa, a ‘66 graduate and mathematics major of Madonna University, to the position of president of Madonna University, effective July 1, 2001. Sister Rose Marie also completed graduate work at Drew University and the University of Georgia, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University.A native of Detroit and a member of St. John Cantius parish, Sister RoseMarie is the daughter of Anna and Francis Kujawa. After graduating from Felician Academy in 1960, she entered the Felician Sisters in Livonia and began college studies at Madonna. She pronounced perpetual vows in 1968. Her earliest ministries included teaching at St. Valentine school (Redford Township), Bishop Borgess High School, and Ladywood High School where she also served as assistant principal.

Sister Rose Marie claims the highlight of her academic career was the transition of Madonna College to Madonna University. As chairperson of the “University Study” committee, Sister Rose Marie compared the academic quality and support structures of Madonna with thirteen other private universities and discovered that Madonna compared favorably with all of them. The regional accrediting body and the State of Michigan department of education agreed, thus ushering in Madonna University in 1991.

To prepare her for the presidency of Madonna University, Sister Rose Marie brings a host of experiences associated with her 20-year plus tenure at Madonna University. During her first appointment in Madonna’s mathematics department in 1975, Sister Rose Marie organized and taught the first computer courses offered at Madonna. This was followed by responsibilities in the College planning and development office. Appointed academic dean in 1979, Sister Rose Marie organized the first graduate program in 1982, a joint venture of the nursing and business departments. Approval by the regional accrediting body prepared the way for the export of Madonna’s graduate program to Taiwan, a step which confirmed the University’s direction in international studies.

Her travels have included fifteen trips abroad and visits to 23 countries. Outgrowths of these international meetings reaped several benefits for Madonna University: a professor from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, an exchange program with Nagoya Gakuin University in Tokyo, as well as an ongoing relationship with Edgehill College near Manchester, England which provided internships for nursing and teacher education students.

During Sister Rose Marie’s 17-year term as academic vice president, the sabbatical policy was developed and implemented, the faculty teaching load was brought in line with national standards, and the size of the faculty and the percentage of faculty members holding doctorates doubled.

Besides her work at Madonna, Sister Rose Marie has served on the boards of St. Mary Mercy Hospital, St. Joseph Home (Jackson), SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, the Orchard Lake Schools, Angela Hospice (advisory), Marywood Nursing Care Center and Marybrook Manor, and Maryville Center (Holly). She was elected to the leadership team of the Felician Sisters of the Livonia province (1994 - 2000) where she served as Provincial Secretary and coordinated the major meeting (chapter) of the province in 1999.

Personal Message Madonna University was founded to prepare students like you for a full life. St. Iranaeus puts it this way: ”The glory of God is a person fully alive.” With a balance of intellectual, personal, and spiritual goals, you will be the best person, the best team possible. May this year be marked with wonderful accomplishments and memories, and may your team continue the fine tradition and excellent standards set by your coaches and achieved by former teams.

Concurrently, departments and programs were encouraged to seek professional accreditation and approvals. In addition to nursing and education which were already accredited by their respective organizations, social work, dietetics, and the legal assistant program sought and received the coveted approvals. New undergraduate programs were also introduced: applied science, biochemistry, computer science, hospice education,hospitality management, international studies, Japanese, long-term care administration, merchandising management, church music, music management, pastoral ministry, professional and technical writing, psychology, and television and video communications. “Madonna Magazine,” a regionally syndicated public service program, became a permanent fixture in Madonna’s long list of opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of the world and to improve it through an ever widening circle of communications. “Writing across the Curriculum” was established as a norm at Madonna as was a computer course requirement for every student graduating from the University. Sister Rose Marie introduces Mike and Marian Ilitch at the dedication of Ilitch Ballpark, the new home of Madonna baseball.


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Sister Nancy Jamroz

Vice President - Student Services

Sister Nancy Marie Jamroz hails from Garden City, MI, and is a 1959 graduate of Ladywood High School in Livonia. Majoring in biology, Sr. Nancy attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Madonna College, a Master’s of Educational Administration from Marygrove College, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. In 1983, after twenty years of teaching in Michigan elementary and high schools, Sr. Nancy was appointed Associate Dean of Students at Madonna College and became Vice President for Student Services in 1989. Besides Athletics, Student Services includes Campus Ministry, the Center for Personalized Instruction, Cooperative Education and Placement, International Students Office, Office of Disability Resources, Registration, Book Store, Residence Life, the Office of Retention, and Student Activities. It is the hope of all involved in Student Life that Madonna students use their college experience to develop themselves holistically: classes aim to stimulate intellectual development; extracurricular activities help students expand their intellectual, social, spiritual, and personal growth. Athletics certainly contributes to one’s total development! Sr. Nancy wishes us to enter the new year with this in mind... “New seasons are times for new goals, new hopes, new opportunities. May this be true for each member of your team. When one can align personal goals with team goals, the outcome will be success though not necessarily winning the game. May each practice, each game and each activity that is part of this year be filled with your best effort and genuine desire to do and be the best you can! May God bless you!”

Mike Meldrum

Faculty Athletic Representative

Mike Meldrum continues his role as Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for Madonna for the 2005-06 academic year. The FAR is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all participants in intercollegiate competition are eligible in accordance with the rules and regulations of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) prior to a student-athlete representing the institution in any manner. For Meldrum, this means working in conjunction with the athletic department on the eligibility of over 150 student athletes in 11 intercollegiate sports. Mr. Meldrum has been affiliated with the university since 1976. He holds the rank of Assistant Professor and has been teaching in the Sign Language Studies department since the program’s inception. Also, Mr. Meldrum is the Director of the Office of Disability Resources. He is the Charter President of the Michigan Association of Handicappers in Higher Education and a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability. Mr. Meldrum was the recipient of the 1994-95 Madonna University Faculty Excellence Award.


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Bryan Rizzo Athletic Director

Bryan Rizzo enters his fifth season at the helm of the Madonna University Athletic Department. In just four years leading the Crusaders athletic programs, Rizzo has seen 16 teams at Madonna win conference championships and six teams earn bids to the NAIA National Tournament. Recently Rizzo has overseen the upgrade of many of Madonna's athletic facilities, including the construction of Ilitch Ballpark, the home of the Crusaders baseball team, and the installation of new bleachers in the Activities Center, the home of the Madonna volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams. In the summer of 2005, Rizzo also watched as new scoreboards were installed in the Activities Center, at Ilitch Ballpark and at Madonna University Field, home of Madonna Softball. Rizzo became the youngest director in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference at the age of 33. He took over a program that sent all seven of its teams to the playoffs in 2001-02, including four teams that participated in NAIA Regional play. In addition, four of those teams were either regular season or tournament champions in the WHAC. The tradition of success continued for the Crusaders in Rizzo's first year at the helm in 2002 as two Crusader teams won regular season championships and three captured WHAC tournament titles. In addition, Rizzo saw two teams, volleyball and women's basketball advance to the NAIA National Championships, with the volleyball team earning the second ever final four bid for a Madonna sport. Rizzo has also worked to increase the quality of life for the student-athlete. Working with the University community, Rizzo saw scholarships at Madonna increase in the 2004-05 season and has watched with pride as the athletic department boasted a 3.17 cumulative grade point average in 2005-06. Rizzo has also overseen the growth of the athletic department with the addition of four sports in the last three years. Madonna has added men's and women's golf and men's and women's cross country, bringing the total number of sports offered to eleven. Rizzo was recognized for his efforts in helping Madonna maintain its stature as one of the nation's premier athletic programs in August 2004 with his selection as Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year and NAIA Regional Athletic Director of the Year. In addition, Rizzo was hailed on a national level as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) General Sport Turf Central Region AD of the Year. Rizzo was honored at the 2005 NACDA National Convention in Orlando Florida. Perhaps the crowning moment for Rizzo thus far came at the end of the 200405 season when the department earned the coveted All-Sports Championship awarded by the WHAC annually to the top athletic department in the conference. The Crusaders won five conference championships in 2004-05, the most in any academic year for the program. It is no exaggeration to say Bryan Rizzo is someone who knows the Madonna athletic program from the ground up. A Livonia native, Rizzo has been involved in the program for 12 years, serving as the Assistant Athletics Director as well as the school's Sports 66

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Information Director prior to his appointment as AD. In his time as the school's SID, Rizzo was responsible for handling all media and publicity for the department. During his sports information tenure, Rizzo earned praise for the Crusaders Online website as well as for the numerous publications he produced. Rizzo also served two years as the Media Relations Director of the conference and was the NAIA Region VIII Media Director from its inception. During his tenure as SID, the NAIA Sports Information Directors Association honored Rizzo numerous times for his outstanding media guides. Rizzo was also responsible for game day operations for all seven varsity teams. After obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree from conference rival Aquinas College with a double major in English and Communications, Rizzo went on to earn a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Wayne State University. Being familiar with the situation he faces as Athletics Director, Rizzo has several plans he would like to initiate in the near future. Among his top priorities are the continued improvement of facilities, playing venues and the weight training facilities. His unrivaled passion for Madonna Athletics is one of the main reasons that the University named Rizzo as the schools second ever Athletics Director and he hopes to continue the success that has become the norm at the school. "I'm as excited today about Madonna Athletics as I was when I started in 1994. I believe we have the finest administration, staff, student athletes and parents in the NAIA. I am honored to be a part of it all." The 38 year old Rizzo currently resides in Northville, MI.

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Sarah Grice

Athletic Trainer

Sarah Grice enters her second season as a full-time Athletic Trainer at Madonna University after two years as a part-time assistant in the MU Sports Medicine Department. In her short time with the Crusaders, Grice has endeared herself to the student athletes through her hard work and dedication to getting them prepared and recovered from injury. Grice’s athletic training career started at the University of Toledo, where she graduated in 1999. While majoring in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training, Grice worked with a variety of the Rocket’s athletic teams. As a student trainer she worked closely with the team physicians, performed daily athletic training room duties and assisted in the supervision of other student trainers. After leaving Toledo, she worked with Concord Physical Therapy in Concord, California. From 199-2000 Grice moved on to the Sports Medicine Shop in San Francisco where she was an assistant athletic trainer and retail associate. She went back to Concord in 2001, working as an athletic trainer at Carondelet High School. Just prior to joining the staff at Madonna, Grice worked as an athletic trainer at County Health Center Rehap and Wauseon High School.

Beth Hubbard Athletic Trainer

Beth Hubbard enters her first year as a full-time Athletic Trainer at Madonna University after five years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hubbard’s athletic training career started at Hope College, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1999. While majoring in Athletic Training, Hubbard worked with a variety of the Hope’s athletic teams and performed clinical rotations at Lakewood Family Medicine, Holland Hospital rehabilitation clinic and Zeeland High School. After leaving Hope College, Hubbard served as an intern with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the West Michigan Whitecaps before serving as a graduate assistant at Indiana University. Hubbard also spent two years working as an athletic trainer at the OSMC Rehabilitation Services and The Center for Sports Medicine before completing her master’s degree from Indiana University in 2000. Prior to joining the Madonna University staff, Hubbard’s duties at Calvin included providing athletic training services for 15 varsity and four junior varsity teams. Hubbard also supervised a staff assistant athletic trainer, several student athletic trainers and training room aides.


2006 Madonna Volleyball

2006 Madonna University Volleyball Media Guide  

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