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Coaches hit milestones: Women’s soccer and volleyball end seasons on strong note

November 7, 2014

Monmouth College Photo - Two Monmouth College coaches ended their seasons with wins and celebrations of coaching accomplishments.

Two Monmouth College coaches hit milestones in their coaching careers this weekend in final games of the season; head women’s soccer coach Barry McNamara and head volleyball coach Kari Shimmin.

In its last game of the season against Grinnell College, volleyball fought through all five matches to secure a victory and Shimmin’s 300th career win. After a difficult season, the team was happy to end on a strong note.

The Scots took the first two sets 25-20 and 25-21, but lost the next two by equally as close scores. In the last match, Monmouth leapt ahead to a 10-5 win, giving them the final victory of the year. During that tough last round, junior Quincy Merrit hit a match-high 17 kills for the team.

Sophomore Paige Rus said it was an intense game, but was still a fun to play in nonetheless.
“Everyone was giving all that they had and playing with so much heart. We had so many reasons to play hard, and nothing to lose,” said Rus.

With this win, Shimmin lands herself in the elite 300 win category alongside baseball and basketball coach Terry Glasgow and baseball coach Roger Sander.

“She deserved it so much with all the hard work she puts into coaching. It was a great way to end the season,” Rus said.

Also hitting a coaching milestone this weekend, was women’s soccer coach Barry McNamara as he recorded his 100th win over Beloit College.

The Scots took a 2-0 win over Beloit with goals from junior Allie DeArvil and senior Lauren Kellen in the second half of the game. Kellen’s goal landed her second on the list of career goals, finishing with 59.

McNamara said it was a rewarding win and that the team celebrated the win in Beloit on the same field he started his collegiate soccer career years earlier.

“I had no idea then that I would still be involved in college soccer more than three decades later, and that the experience would be as rewarding as it has been,” said McNamara.

Both volleyball and soccer had tough seasons compared to last year, but left on a positive that will carry them into next year.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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