By Ryan Kaczmarski
Former Olmsted Falls High School standout Shannon Deleur is an on-the-court leader for the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets volleyball team.
Playing in the libero position this season – her senior year – she has eclipsed 1,000 career digs. Deleur now nears 1,500, as she sits at 1,403 in her collegiate career (as of Oct. 21), which puts her seventh all-time in the school’s history.
“I actually didn’t expect to go over 1,000 for my career,” Deleur said. “I haven’t always played libero. I’ve played right side defense in three rotations (in previous seasons), but when I saw that I went over 1,000, I was so excited. It’s unbelievable.”
In her BW career, she has played left side defense, right side defense, outside hitter, libero, defensive specialist and now setter.
“’All for the team,’ is all I can say,” she said of her position changes over the last four years. “It’s been a little rough for the team recently, so we just have to make-do with what we have.
“I came in my freshman year and played outside and right side (hitter), then played right side through my junior year. I became a libero this year, and now I’m playing setter.”
“She is a great athlete, and she has good volleyball court-awareness and I.Q.,” Yellow Jackets head coach Vicki Brault said. “I think she is a special talent. The fact is that she came in here and became an impact player, starter and contributor all four years.
“She’s only been libero this year, but that’s how good she has been in defense and serving for us ever since she got here as a freshman.”
As a freshman in 2010, Deleur played in all 33 matches and earned her first varsity letter. She alternated as a starter at outside hitter, right side and as a defensive specialist. She had a team-high 39 service aces and was third in digs and blocks with 322 and 13, respectively. B-W finished 20-13 overall and advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
As a sophomore in 2011, she played in her second season of volleyball for the Yellow Jackets. She played in 116 games and recorded 131 kills, 28 service aces and 19 total blocks. She also was second on the team in digs at 391
As a junior in 2012, she played in 99 games while recording 92 kills, 321 digs and seven total blocks.
As a senior, she leads the other girls on the floor by example.
“Shannon’s actions and play speaks the loudest,” Brault said. “She’s not a real vocal person. She’s really easy-going, so it’s comfortable for the others to play with her on the court.
“You know what you’re going to get from Shannon. She’s consistent and works really hard. She gets the job done wherever she is on the court.”
Deleur played four seasons of volleyball and earned two varsity letters from Olmsted Falls High School.
As a senior in 2009-2010, Shannon was a second team All-Southwest Conference selection. She also was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2008 Ohio State High School Athletic Association state championship team.
“(Olmsted Falls head coach) Dawn Moses was always one to preach giving your best effort, all the time,” Deleur said of her high school career. “She taught us that if you think you can get every single ball out there, than you can. So, my mentality has always been that no ball is ever going to hit that floor.
“Coming here (to BW), I kept the same mentality and it rubs off on the other players. As long as each one of us is working hard, it feeds the whole team.”
The Yellow Jackets will host Ohio Athletic Conference rival Capital University to conclude the regular season Saturday at 12 p.m. This will also be seniors’ and parent’s day for the squad.