May 21, 2003
BALTIMORE --Loyola volleyball head coach Jennifer Briggs has announced that Susanna Leffers (Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep) and Blair Snyder (Norwood, NJ/Northern Valley Regional) will attend Loyola College and begin play with the Greyhound volleyball team in the fall of 2003.
"We are fortunate to be bringing in two athletes who will add size and power at the net," says Briggs, now in her third year as Greyhound head coach. "But each of them also possesses the quickness and ball control to develop into key back row players as well."
Leffers, a 6-0 right side player, started for a Tampa Bay Juniors club program that was ranked in the Top 10 nationally in each of the past three seasons. Her team finished fifth in the 16 Open division of the Junior Olympics in 2001 and ninth overall in the Junior Olympics 17 Open division in 2002.
"Susanna has played for one of the top club programs in the country and comes to us with experience competing at the highest level," says Briggs. "In addition to much-needed size, she brings solid fundamentals, tremendous court instincts and a dynamic presence to our team."
At Berkeley Prep, Leffers was a team captain her senior season and an All-Bay Conference pick in both 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. Berkeley won the state championship in 1999-2000 and finished second this past season. Leffers also earned induction into the National Honor Society thanks to a 3.76 grade-point average.
Snyder, a 5-11 outside hitter or middle hitter, was a first-team all-state selection as a senior at Northern Valley Regional. A team captain her senior season, she finished the season with an impressive .311 hitting percentage and 194 kills. A first-team All-Bergen County pick in both 2001 and 2002, Snyder was also a three-time first-team all-league selection and a second-team All-North Jersey pick her junior year.
"Blair should be a key player for us in the middle blocker position," Briggs says. "Her speed and agility will be a natural fit for the faster offense we plan to run next season and her competitive spirit should make her a valuable contributor right away."
Snyder was also a team captain for the 2003 DIGS 18-XXtreme club team and was a member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student at Northern Valley Regional.
The Greyhound volleyball team, under second-year head coach Briggs, finished 18-16 overall in 2002, the team's best season in a decade. Loyola finished 5-4 in regular-season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play and placed third in the MAAC championship by upsetting Fairfield in five games in the tournament consolation match.