Beth Bellinger begins her fifth year with the Black Knights' volleyball squad and her first as a coach. Bellinger spent four seasons as a standout player for Army and served as team co-captain (with Katie Konkel) during her final year.
In her senior season with the club, Bellinger sealed off her career by becoming the Patriot League's career assist leader with 4,287. Bellinger attained this record after collecting 62 helpers in a late-season match versus Siena. Bellinger rode her hot streak into the Patriot League Championships, dishing out 93 assists in two matches. Her performances in 2001 earned her a spot on the all-league first team, making her a three time All-Patriot League selection. Bellinger finished her tenure at Army ranked among the Academy's career leaders in four different categories.
In the spring of 2002, Bellinger graduated from Army with a degree in Psychology. Following her time at West Point this semester, she will report to Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va. The 2nd Lt. branched Quartermaster and is posted to Alaska, where she will spend the next three years.
At Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High School, Bellinger was a two time Nike All-American and, as a senior, led her club to the Michigan State Championship, tallying 1,649 assists along the way. Bellinger attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, for one year prior to arriving at West Point.