Gannon University Inducts 1992 Volleyball Team Into Hall Of Fame
Marla McElhaney Wyland’s 1992 Gannon women’s volleyball team was inducted into Gannon University’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, February 2. Eight former Gannon athletic “greats” along with the entire 1992 volleyball team were recognized and honored during halftime of the men’s basketball game with Lock Haven University at the Hammermill Center. The Class of 2013 was formally inducted at the annual Hall of Fame awards banquet at Gannon’s Yehl Ballroom on Saturday evening.
McElhaney and 11 other teammates along with head coach Gerry Burbules Vensel enjoyed the moment as the accomplishments of the 1992 volleyball team were highlighted. The 1992 squad boasts the most successful season ever, going an amazing 40-2. The Lady Knights won the NCAA Division II East Region and advanced to the NCAA Div. II “Elite Eight.” It was the second of three consecutive East Region Championships and NCAA Div. II “Elite Eight” appearances for the Gannon Volleyball program.
On an athletic scholarship to Gannon, McElhaney played for four seasons and was a stellar player as an outside hitter, ending her career with her teams recording an overall record of 116 wins and 23 losses. She still ranks in the top 10 at Gannon in career kills, aces and digs.
McElhaney, a threesport star at McConnellsburg High School, played a key role in leading the 1990-91 MHS girls basketball team to the PIAA state championship with a perfect 31-0 record and the Lady Spartan volleyball team to a PIAA state runner-up finish, going 28-1. She was a two-time PA Volleyball Coaches Assoc. First-Team All- State Volleyball All-Star and still ranks second in the area, scoring in basketball with 2,281 points.
She and her husband, David Wyland, live in Holidaysburg,
Pa., and have three children: Alison, 13, Zachery, 11, and Drew, 6. Both Marla and David graduated from Gannon University with degrees in physical therapy and work in the Altoona area.