South Tahoe grad records 1,000 digs for Swarthmore College
In the 60-year history of the Swarthmore College volleyball program, only four individuals have recorded 1,000 career digs. On Tuesday night from Tarble Pavilion in Swathmore, Penn. against Ursinus (7-5, 0-2 CC), two seniors reached the feat in the same match.
Seniors Hillary Santana (30 digs) Lisa Shang (12 digs) each reached the 1,000-dig plateau as the Garnet (10-2, 1-0 CC) routed the Bears 3-1 (25-14, 25-15, 20-25, 25-8) in the Garnet’s Centennial Conference opener. Santana is 2008 graduate of South Tahoe High School.
Santana and Shang are the fifth and sixth Garnet players in program history to reach 1,000 digs and the first since teammate Genny Pezzola reached the mark last season. Pezzola is also closing in on a career milestone, falling only three kills short of surpassing the Swarthmore kills record on Tuesday night. Pezzola now sits at 1,115 kills.
On defense, Santana was a machine against Ursinus, picking up an amazing 30 digs as Swarthmore won the match 3-1. The team started off in a hole the first few games, but were able to bounce back.
“The best way I can describe Hillary Santana is wow,” said Dan McLaughlin who coached Santana in club volleyball. “She has the wow factor and always has.”