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College notebook: Lewis takes volleyball global

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

Tori Lewis has exhausted her volleyball eligibility at Chowan (N.C.) University, but she’s far from done with the sport.

The Colonial Forge High School graduate will attend Durham (England) University this fall and will play on the school’s volleyball team as a graduate student while pursuing a master’s degree in business management.

Lewis was one of eight players selected for the team from more than 200 applicants. She will head overseas in September for training and will compete in international play beginning in October.

“This is opportunity has motivated me to work harder and stay at the top of my game,” Lewis told Chowan’s athletics communication office. “It will be an awesome experience to play at the top level of international competition and test my abilities.”

At Chowan, Lewis was a three time first-team all-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association pick. She was named CIAA player of the year in 2011 and MVP of the 2010 CIAA tournament.

Her former coach at Chowan, Fredericksburg Christian School graduate Peter Green, is also moving on. He has been named a volunteer assistant coach at VCU after winning two CIAA titles in four seasons with the Hawks. Green has also coached as an assistant at Randolph–Macon.

Chowan hired Makini Thompson to succeed Green. Her 2012 team will include Katrina Lewis, a rising senior middle blocker from Courtland High School.

BASEBALL

Eastern Mennonite struggled through an 11–27 season in 2012, but senior outfielder Beau Banglesdorf (Mountain View) was a bright spot. He earned a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors all-state first team by batting .395 with a team-high 35 runs scored and 27 RBIs.

Bridgewater sophomore pitcher Robert Gallet (North Stafford) was named to the all-state second team. He was 5–2 with a 2.93 ERA and one save.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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