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      Widener Men's Volleyball Set for Inaugural Season

      A First for Widener

      Members of the Widener men’s volleyball team prepare to return a serve during practice. Volleyball is the first varsity sport to be added at Widener University since lacrosse in 1968.

      For the first time since 1995, the Widener University Department of Athletics has added new intercollegiate sports. Following the debut of women’s golf in the fall, men’s volleyball is preparing for its first ever varsity match.

      Born out of the university’s club program, Widener will play its first men’s volleyball match on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Glenside, Pennsylvania against Arcadia. The first home contest follows a week later on Feb. 10 when the Pride hosts the Alvernia Golden Wolves.

      The expansion brings Widener’s total number of varsity sport offerings to 22 total teams.

      “Women’s golf and men’s volleyball are growing sports in the Middle Atlantic Conference, and we are excited to be among the institutions that are developing these programs in Division III,” said Director of Athletics Jack Shafer.

      It is a remarkable feat for Widener University to have a NCAA Division III varsity program after just two seasons as a club team.

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      Junior Dave Lehmann, a mechanical engineering major, returns a ball from a teammate during practice.

      “When I got here, there wasn’t anything,” said junior Dave Lehmann, a mechanical engineering major from Warminster, Pennsylvania. “After two years of playing as a club, we realized we could be more competitive and make the sport more known to the campus. I’m hoping we all work hard in practice and games. It’s everyone’s first year in the conference, so it’s a level playing field. Anything can happen.”

      Head coach Donovan Anglin, a 1993 Widener alumnus who also coaches the women’s volleyball team, outlined his goals and expectations for the fledgling program.

      “We’re going to work hard,” Anglin said. “We’re never going to lose a match or a set because of lack of effort. I want everyone to look back on this in a couple of years and say ‘Look at where they are now. We started that.’”

      The last varsity sport added for Widener was women’s soccer in 1995. The last time the school debuted a men’s sport was lacrosse in 1968 for Pennsylvania Military College.


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