Abel reaches career milestone

By Katie Bonanni
October 16, 2010

Junior libero Courtney Abel celebrates her 1,000th career dig with head coach Eric Schaefer on October 16, 2010.

The Cabrini women’s volleyball team won against Centenary College 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Nerney Field House. The Lady Cavs are on a roll with a 22nd- straight CSAC win.

Along with the victory, Cabrini’s libero Courtney Abel surpassed her 1,000th career dig plateau with 21 against the Cyclones.

“This is definitely a huge accomplishment and it would not have happened without my teammates because they make the situations possible for me to get the digs,” Abel said.

Abel has been averaging 3.45 digs per set so far in her college career and has been the backbone of the defense for the Lady Cavs since she arrived in 2008.

During the fourth set Abel was counting the digs until she dove for the thousandth, which was met by thunderous applause from her family, friends and teammates.

“It made the day more special because everyone was there cheering me on. Especially my teammates because as soon as they found out I got it they were screaming. They were so excited for me and so proud,” Abel said.

This particular game was also a “Dig Pink” match to benefit the “Side-Out Foundation.”  All proceeds will be donated to the foundation to promote breast cancer awareness and health.

Cabrini fought their way to a 25-21 win over Centenary in the first set, and 25-23 in the second game.  They fell to Centenary in the third game with a score of 26-24.

In the fourth game the Lady Cavs ran with the victory when they beat Centenary 25-22.

“I think the rest of the season is going to go great. I feel like we’re going to make it to the finals. Each year our team has improved so I think there’s a really good chance were going to win the championship.” Meg Ryan, sophomore opposite-side hitter, said.

The Lady Cavs have high hopes that they will make it to the finals this year.  According to Abel the team has some really tough teams coming up but they are up for the challenge.  They made it to the CSAC final last year and hope that they will have a chance to defend their title again this year.

The Cabrini women’s volleyball team will face Valley Forge Christian College and Philadelphia Biblical University on Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 1 p.m.

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