Susan Shadle Nelson '87
Volleyball standout Sue Shadle became the first Grove City female athlete to earn multiple All-America honors during her distinguished career from 1983 to 1986.
Shadle earned Second Team All-America recognition as a junior after helping the 1985 team to a 41-0 regular season record, the No. 1 spot in the Division III poll, the inaugural Presidents' Athletic Conference championship and the Women's Keystone Conference title. Shadle earned First Team honors from both the PAC and WKC that season.
As a senior, the Shadle-led Wolverines went 36-6, repeated as PAC champions and earned their second straight NCAA Tournament berth.
She earned First Team All-America honors from the AVCA and also received the PAC's Most Valuable Player award. Shadle also earned All-Region distinction for the second straight year and concluded her career as Grove City's all-time leader in blocks.
A Maplewood (Pa.) High School graduate, Shadle helped the Wolverines to a 31-11 mark as a freshman in 1983. The next season, Grove City won 36 matches and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She earned First Team All-WKC that year.
During her four seasons, Grove City accumulated a 144-24 overall record. The College honored Shadle as its Sportswoman of the Year for the 1986-87 academic year.
In 2007, the College inducted the 1985 volleyball team into the Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of honorees.
Shadle graduated with a bachelor's degree in social studies/secondary education in 1987. She earned a master's of education at Gannon University in 1992 and teaches social studies at Fairview (Pa.) High School.