Former two-time first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honoree Elizabeth Ellinger assumed the helm of the volleyball program at her alma mater in 2006.
The 2013 Lynchburg volleyball team maintained a high reputation as one of the best competitors in the ODAC, finishing the conference slate 7-4. The Hornets advanced to a second-straight berth in the ODAC Championship Game.
Lynchburg wrapped up one of its best seasons in recent memory in 2012, posting the most wins (24) for the program since the 1981 season.
Lynchburg continued to assert itself as one of the top teams in the ODAC under Ellinger in 2011. Lynchburg went 21-10, and 7-3 in the conference before falling in the ODAC tournament semifinals to eventual champion Randolph-Macon in five games. With the third place finish, Ellinger saw three of the Hornets make the All-Conference team and one garner the conference Rookie of the Year award.
The 2010 team finished 18-11 with a 7-3 record in conference play. The Hornets scored a mild upset with a five-set victory in the ODAC Tournament over fourth-seeded Roanoke.
The Hornets finished her first season with a 17-13 record and won eight matches in a row before the conference tournament. Lynchburg had two student-athletes named to the All-ODAC second-team. Lynchburg improved in Ellinger’s second season on the bench, winning 20 games and advancing into the ODAC Tournament second round for the first time in 10 years.
In 2008, the Hornets finished with a 16-16 overall record and made the school’s first ever appearance in the ODAC Championship match as the seventh seed. The 2009 version of the Hornets boasted a 20-8 record and had an 8-2 record to place third in the ODAC. The eight wins in conference play was the most since the Hornets went 8-2 during 1999 and 2000.
Ellinger, named to the All-ODAC first-teams in 2000 and 2001, was a first-team All-State selection in 2001 as well. She holds the school records for kills in a match (29), season (478 in 2001) and for a career (1,240 from 1998-2001). Ellinger also set the conference record for kills in a season in 2001.
Ellinger returned to the program in 2004 and assisted head coach Dr. Marie Lewis for two seasons until Lewis’ retirement.
Ellinger graduated in 2002 from Lynchburg with a B.A. in human development and learning and earned her master’s in educational leadership degree. In addition to coaching the Hornets, Ellinger serves as director of the Lynchburg Volleyball Academy club team. She and her son Casey reside in Lynchburg.