A number of District 10 graduates are excelling on college volleyball courts this season. Here’s a quick look at a few:
• Former General McLane standout Aspen Weber is in Erie this weekend with West Virginia Wesleyan for PSAC/Mountain East Crossover play at Gannon’s Hammermill Center and the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.
Weber is a 5-foot 7-inch sophomore outside hitter who transferred to WVW from Rider University. She has played in all eight matches for the Bobcats (2-6) and is tied for the team lead with 52 kills. She ranks second on the team with 97 digs.
West Virginia Wesleyan will open the weekend at 2 p.m. today against Clarion at the MAC.
• Fort LeBoeuf graduate Maria Peluso is off to a strong start with Shippensburg. The 5-foot 8-inch outside hitter led LeBoeuf to a PIAA title in 2012 and was named District 10 Player of the Year.
As a freshman, she has started all six matches for the Raiders, recording 47 digs, 18 service aces and seven kills. In her past three matches, she has 33 digs and 13 aces.
Peluso and Shippensburg are scheduled to visit West Liberty (W.Va.) this afternoon.
• General McLane graduate Courtney Lydick has helped Juniata roll to an 11-0 start. The 6-foot senior middle hitter ranks third on the team with 67 kills and has a team-high six blocks. She has a .329 hitting percentage.
As a junior, Lydick led the Eagles with 291 kills, a .338 hitting percentage and 94 blocks.
Lydick was named first-team all-Landmark Conference, all-Mid-Atlantic Region and NCAA Division III honorable-mention All-American.
• Three Fort LeBoeuf graduates are among six former District 10 standouts on the roster for Penn State Behrend, which is off to a 10-2 start.
Lindsay Bean, a 5-foot 11-inch sophomore middle hitter, leads the Lions with 83 kills and six blocks. She also has a .293 hitting percentage. As a freshman, Bean ranked second on the team with 49 blocks and fourth with 179 kills.
Another LeBoeuf grad, freshman defensive specialist Allania Banta, has 59 kills, which ranks fourth among Behrend players. She also has 15 service aces, good for third on the team.
Fellow LeBoeuf product Julie Pace, a 5-foot 3-inch freshman defensive specialist, has seven digs in eight matches.
McDowell graduate Courtney Hopson is a 5-foot 6-inch sophomore outside hitter. She has played in all 12 matches and ranks second on the team with 87 digs.
Nicole Krahe, a freshman defensive specialist from Northwestern, has played in eight matches and has six digs.
Sharpsville grad Paige Scurpa, a 5-foot 9-inch freshman outside hitter, has 41 kills and 17 digs.
• Sophomore libero Heather Reichenback, a Harbor Creek graduate, is leading Thiel with 223 digs.
The Tomcats were 0-14 overall and 0-2 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference as they prepared to visit Bethany (W.Va.) on Saturday.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor