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2018 National Sophomore of the Year: Shaffmaster Keeps Award In House

This is year’s Sophomore of the Year winner Mabrey Shaffmaster, left, with older sister Melani, who won the same award last season.

The next step in the evolution of Mabrey Shaffmaster, at least in terms of her role at New Castle, was clear. A three-rotation hitter as a freshman, the 6-1 outside would step into a full-time role as a sophomore.

“Last year, I didn’t get to play in the back row because our passer was a senior and she was better,” Shaffmaster said. “I knew coming in this season I would be playing six rotations. I was working on my defense and serve receive and playing back row in club ball. Our coach (Sarah Roush) said my back row attacking could be a really big key for us because we have to have multiple options.”

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