This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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VOLLEYBALL: Delaware Selects Gabbert and Maley as Captains

September 18, 1985

NEWARK, Del.  -- Lori Gabbert, a senior from A.I. duPont High School, and Kara Maley, a junior from Newark High School, were named co-captains of the 1985 volleyball squad. 

Blue Hen coach Barbara Viera welcomed back five letterwinners from the prior year’s 27-17 squad and expected big contributions from both Gabbert and Maley.

Gabbert led the 1984 squad in digs and ranked second in spiking average. 

“Lori is our most experienced player and our strongest middle hitter,” said Viera. “She hits extremely well out of the middle and we look to her when we need to put the ball down.”

Maley, a junior from Newark, Del., was one of the Blue Hens’ top setters that season. 

“Kara is a real steady ball player,” commented Viera. “She brings experience to the setter position and I think she’ll assume her leadership role well.”