Brauns­berg do­ing it all for Wilm­ing­ton vol­ley­ball

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

Jill Brauns­berg had a big fresh­man sea­son with the Wilm­ing­ton (Del.) women’s vol­ley­ball team but she’s im­proved her stats in ev­ery cat­e­gory as a sopho­more with the Wild­cats.

Brauns­berg, from Birdsboro (Daniel Boone), is a 5-foot-10 set­ter/op­po­site and has started all 27 matches and all 96 sets this sea­son. She leads the team in kills (181), digs (329) and ser­vice aces (33) and is sec­ond in as­sists (367) and fourth in to­tal blocks (31).

“Jill is an out­stand­ing al­laround player,” coach Kim Hug­gins-Hab­bert said. “She pro­vides strong serv­ing and set­ting while also pro­vid­ing us with of­fense and de­fense.”

Brauns­berg has six triple dou­bles which ranks her third in NCAA Di­vi­sion II.

“While Jill ini­tially came to us as a set­ter, she has also proven to be an out­stand­ing hit­ter,” Hug­gins-Hab­bert said. “At­tack­ing as a left-handed hit­ter makes it much more chal­leng­ing for her op­po­nents.”

As a fresh­man, Brauns­berg

had 148 kills, 352 as­sists, 248 digs, 24 to­tal blocks and 31 ser­vice aces in 25 matches and 84 sets.

De­spite Brauns­berg’s play this sea­son, the Wild­cats are just 10-17 over­all and 6-8 in Cen­tral States Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence play with five league matches re­main­ing on the sched­ule.


The Penn State Berks fresh­man was named North East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Of­fen­sive Player of the Week on Oct. 23, his fourth weekly honor of the sea­son. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound for­ward earned his lat­est honor after scor­ing a goal in a 2-1 loss to SUNY Poly on Oct. 21 and pick­ing up an as­sist and then scor­ing the win­ning goal in a 3-2 vic­tory over Keuka on Oct. 22. It was his fourth gamewin­ner of the sea­son. Valverde has scored at least one goal in nine of the Nit­tany Lions last 11 games and he’s scored 19 goals with six as­sists for 44 points, the lat­ter a team sin­gle-sea­son record. The goals lead the NEAC and he’s tied for third in NCA A Di­vi­sion III. Berks is 8-8-1 over­all and 6-2-1 in league play after 2-1 league win over Bryn Athyn on Oct. 26 in Reading.


The sopho­more has six goals and four as­sists for 16 points with two game-win­ners for the Mis­eri­cor­dia field hockey team. She scored two goals in both of her game-win­ners – 3-1 over King’s and 3-0 over Man­hat­tanville. She had a goal in a 3-2 vic­tory over East­ern on Oct. 18 and a goal in a 3-2 tri­umph over DeSales on Oct. 21. Fresh­man Kayla Po­gash (Daniel Boone) has a goal and an as­sist in 16 starts and sopho­more Kort­ney McEwen (Schuylkill Val­ley) has an as­sist in 14 games and 13 starts for the Cougars who are 9-8 over­all and 6-1 in MAC Free­dom play after a 3-1 league vic­tory over Wilkes on Oct. 26


The sopho­more has helped the Steven­son women’s soc­cer team de­fense limit foes to 19 goals (1.09 goals against av­er­age) with seven shutouts. The 5-foot-10 de­fender also has chipped in on of­fense, scor­ing a goal in a 2-1 vic­tory over Wi­dener on Oct. 7 and an as­sist in a 5-1 tri­umph over Ly­coming on Oct. 21. The Mus­tangs are 11-6 over­all and 4-3 in MAC Com­mon­wealth play after a 1-0 league loss to Alver­nia on Oct. 24 in Reading.


The fifth-year se­nior is start­ing at full­back for the Delaware foot­ball team, the Blue Hens 5-2 over­all and 3-1 in the Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion after a big 4235 double over­time vic­tory over Rich­mond in a league game on Oct. 21 in Ne­wark, Del. The 6-foot1, 240-pounder is used mainly as a blocker. He hasn’t car­ried the ball and has one re­cep­tion for 11 yards. But he has helped Delaware av­er­age 316.0 yards a game in to­tal of­fense in­clud­ing 186.6 yards a game rush­ing.


Wilm­ing­ton Univer­sity sopho­more Jill Brauns­berg (Daniel Boone)

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