Braunsberg doing it all for Wilmington volleyball
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.
BRENDEN VALVERDE (DANIEL BOONE) »
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.
HALEY GRUBER (GOVERNOR MIFFLIN) »
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
ALAYNA ROESENER (DANIEL BOONE) »
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.
KYLE YOCUM (EXETER) »
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)