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STORRS, Conn. – One of the biggest improvement periods in the history of the UConn volleyball program happened between the 1990 and 1993 seasons, with Kim Snyder (Lobach) at the forefront of it all.
Snyder was a crucial part of the program’s evolution, which saw the Huskies enjoy a 15-win increase in the four-year stretch – winning a program-record 28 matches in 1993, just three years after earning just 13 victories in 1990.
A big change came in 1992 when Ellen Crandall, the program’s all-time wins leader, took over for Maureen Walsh as head coach. However, Snyder’s presence helped make Crandall’s success a reachable goal.
Snyder, named the team’s Most Improved Player in her freshman season, worked her way up to becoming a First Team All-Big East selection as a senior in 1993. In that season, the Huskies went 28-7 (5-2 Big East), achieving three different six-match winning streaks.
UConn’s record book is filled with Snyder’s accomplishments, who finished her career second in blocks (471), fourth in aces (146), fifth in kills (1,189), ninth in digs (1,332) and ninth in hitting percentage (.257). Her 475 sets played is a program record.
In Snyder’s first two seasons, UConn went a combined 23-45 (4-13 Big East). However, as Snyder improved her game, the Huskies went 51-21 (7-7 Big East) in her junior and senior campaigns – producing consecutive 20-win seasons.
Catch up with Snyder, an all-time UConn great, by reading her answers below in this edition of “Volleyball, Then and Now.”
Where do you live now?
What was your major at UConn?
Where do you currently work?
Baird Respiratory Therapy
Where did your interest in volleyball originally come from?
My 8th grade teacher. He pleaded with me to try out for volleyball since he was the coach. From there I played for the first club in my area, and the rest is history.
What is your favorite memory as a UConn volleyball player?
Selected First Team Big East as a middle hitter. It was a great honor for me.
What do you miss the most about life as a UConn student-athlete?
Getting to know other student-athletes.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since graduating?
The fact that I am still really involved in volleyball in my community. I have been reffing high school volleyball for the past 20 years and I also still play in women's leagues in my area. I just love the sport and I hope when my son is old enough to play, he will love it just as much.