Wagner caps career with wins, accolades

Maggie Wagner '11 said she was "caught a bit off guard" when the Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced back in October that she'd been named ODAC Player of the Week.

Surprised, to be sure, but Wagner was also delighted to claim the distinction as the first Roanoke volleyball player since 2003 and only fourth Maroon in the history of its volleyball program to receive the weekly award.

"It's a good self-accomplishment to earn this award," said Wagner. "I was very excited."

Wagner, a volleyball standout while at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County, has continued racking up accolades as a Maroon. In 2008, she appeared in 96 games, averaging 3.04 kills per game to rank eighth in the ODAC, and earned second-team All-ODAC honors. In 2009, she made the All-ODAC Tournament Team, and led the squad in kills (360), kills per game (3.19) and in total attacks (1,108).

For the 2010 season, she was sixth in the ODAC in kills (280) and kills per game (3.08) and was third in total attack attempts (883). She was second on the team in digs (310) and in service aces (34).

In November, Wagner became the first Maroon since 2004 to be named First-Team All-ODAC and to be voted to the VaSID All-State Second Team.

"She is an amazing athlete, probably one of, if not the best, volleyball players to come through the [Roanoke College] program,' said Blair Calvert Trail '99, head volleyball coach. "She is very hard-working. I don't think she's ever come to practice in her three years here and not given everything."

Wagner has great admiration for Coach Trail. Not only has Trail coached her as a Maroon, but Trail coached her on a Roanoke Juniors travel team when Wagner was 16.

It's no mere coincidence that Wagner aspires to follow in Trail's footsteps. The two have striking similarities.

Trail is from the Roanoke Valley, as is Wagner. Trail attended Radford University before transferring to Roanoke College, as did Wagner. Both played the same position - outside hitter.

Wagner would like to add one more similarity: coach. A health and physical education major, Wagner plans to use her education and athletic experience to teach and coach.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

"I look at [Blair Trail] as a coach but she's become a good friend of mine over the years," Wagner said. "I would have so much fun coaching with her and learning from her."

The feeling is mutual. "She is a true leader and motivator," Coach Trail said. "I would love to see her come back and help out at the College in a coaching role.

The Maroons' season ended Nov. 5 with a 3-2 loss to Lynchburg College in the ODAC Quarterfinals.

"It's always sad to lose in ODACs, and especially now, my senior year," Wagner said. "It's a reality check. But I feel happy with the way the season went. Overall, I had a lot of fun with the girls."

Released: February 15, 2011