Athlete Spotlight: Catherine Manning

Calvin Ralph
Sports Correspondent

Junior Catherine Manning led the volleyball team with 10 kills in Saturday’s match against Goucher to capture the team’s first Landmark Conference win of the season.

It was Manning’s third straight double-digit kill match.

Manning had 11 kills in a 3-1 loss against Catholic on Saturday and in a 3-2 loss against Oneonta State on Sept. 28.

After missing the 2014 season with an injury, Manning saw playing time in the 2015 season, but she has had a huge impact so far in 2016, with 151 kills and 178.5 points in 22 matches, which are both top-10 in the Landmark Conference.

The Royals get back on the court Friday night at Lebanon Valley where they take on Gallaudet and Lebanon Valley in a tri-match and on Saturday afternoon with another tri-match against Penn State- Behrend and Neumann in the Knights’ Fall Classic.

So far this season, the volleyball team has compiled a record of 10-12. The team is 1-3 in Landmark Conference play, and an impressive 6-4 at home.
The team got off to a hot start, winning its first four games, which were all at home.

The team’s last home game of the season occurs Oct. 26 against SUNY Geneseo.
Q: When did you start playing volleyball?
A: Seventh grade; it was a fun thing to do in middle school. Just figured I would try it because I am tall, and I fell in love with it.

Q: Why did you choose The University?
A: I came here because of the OT program, which is national ranked. The campus is beautiful and the opportunity to play volleyball, perfect fit.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

Q: Do you have any pre-match rituals?
A: Just watching the other team and focus on what to work on, and get ready to play with my team.

Q: What are yours and the team’s goals for the rest of the season?
A: Our team goal is to play as best as we can and make the conference playoffs. Individually, be the best assets I can and achieve the team goals.

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