NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College volleyball team will be competing in its fifth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Quarterfinal this weekend. The third seeded Camels (21-5) will take on sixth seeded Trinity (13-9) Friday night in an 8:00 p.m. match up at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. A victory against the Bantams would put the Camels into a semifinal Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Championship game that carries with it an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship will follow on Sunday at noon.
NESCAC Championship Schedule
2009 NESCAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Friday, November 6 at Tufts
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Tufts - 5:00 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin vs. No. 2 Williams - 5:00 p.m.
No. 6 Trinity vs. No. 3 Connecticut College - 8:00 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst vs. No. 4 Middlebury - 8:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at Tufts
Winner No. 1/No. 8 vs. Winner No. 4/No. 5 - 1:00 p.m.
Winner No. 2/No. 7 vs. Winner No. 3/No. 6 - 3:30 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 8 at Tufts
Semifinal winners - 12:00 p.m.
The Edmed Files
Josh Edmed is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Connecticut College volleyball program. Under Edmed´s direction, the Camels have reached the semifinal round of the NESCAC Championship in two of the past three years. The Camels have compiled 20 win seasons in three of the past four years. Edmed has posted a 124-85 record (.593) at the controls of the Camel program and his teams have won 70% (79-34) of their matches in the past four years. Edmed received his Bachelor's and Master's degree at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. Margo Linton, a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College is in her second season as Edmed´s lead assistant coach.
Connecticut College is ranked #4 in the latest NCAA Regional Ranking Nov. 1 and is the fourth ranked team in New England Women's Volleyball Association (D3) Poll released on Oct. 25. The 62 teams selected for the 2009 NCAA Championship will be announced Monday, November 9 at 11 a.m. Eastern time during a selection show Webcast on www.ncaa.com.
Championship Player Profiles
#1 Katie Ketcham ´13/San Francisco, Calif./University HS/Setter
Ketcham is averaging 9.84 assists per set in her rookie season for the Camels and has tallied 187 assists, 32 digs, and 15 aces this fall...Contributed 44 assists, four digs, and two blocks in a 3-1 win at Roger Williams Sept. 15.
#2 Jamie Honohan ´13/New York, N.Y./Marymount School of New York/Libero
Averaging a dig per set in nine sets played this fall for the Camels.
#4 Chelsea Manning ´11/Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney HS/Middle Block
Manning is enjoying a breakout season in 2009 and leads the Camels with 65 blocks. A Dean´s Honors student, Manning has amassed 199 kills and 86 blocks in her three-year career for the Camels.
#5 Marissa DeMais ´11/Hillsdale, N.J./Pascack Valley/Setter
The facilitator for the Camel offense, DeMais was a 2008 All-NESCAC and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team Selection for Connecticut College. The junior setter has amassed 2534 assists, 542 digs, 138 kills, 108 aces, and 102 blocks for the Camels. DeMais is in fourth place in the NESCAC with 9.92 assists per set and ranks fifth in service aces with .57 aces per set.
#6 Jessie Lasher ´11/Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata HS/Outside Hitter
A Dean´s List Student and key reserve, Lasher has tallied 71 kills, 69 digs, 20 aces and 10 blocks for the Camels. She buried six kills with four aces in a victory at St. Joseph College Sept. 29.
#7 Lauren Wise ´10/Oakton, Va./Oakton HS/Outside Hitter
A Dean´s List student and co-captain majoring in the environmental sciences with a minor in public policy, Lauren Wise has proved to be one of the most talented and dedicated student athletes at the College. Just the second player in program history to eclipse 1,000 kills and digs in a career, Wise has amassed 1103 kills, 1218 digs, 108 blocks and 150 aces in her stellar playing career. Wise is ninth in the NESCAC with 2.85 kills per set.
#8 Rachel Schroff ´13/Palos Verdes, Calif./PV Peninsula HS/Setter
Honored as NESCAC Player of the Week Oct. 12, Schroff is second in conference hitting percentage (.332). She has notched 147 kills, 27 aces, 97 digs, and 43 blocks in her rookie season. Schroff buried 10 kills with just one error on 14 attempts in the Camels´ 3-0 blanking of Bates College Oct. 2.
#9 Katie Shragge ´11/San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker HS/Right Side
A Dean´s list student and key reserve with a terrific serve, Shragge has tallied 46 aces and 52 digs in her career with the Camels. Shragge buried a season-high five kills in a victory against Hamilton Oct. 10.
#10 Meg Christman ´10/Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends/Middle Block
A Dean´s High Honors student and co-captain majoring in the environmental sciences, Meg Christman has anchored the front line for the past four years. Christman has tallied 829 kills, 317 blocks, 135 digs and 52 aces in her prolific playing career for the Camels. Christman buried 10 kills in the Camels´ regular season finale against Wesleyan Friday and leads the NESAC with a .333 hitting percentage.
#11 Carly Guiducci ´13/Del Mar, Calif./Bishop´s School/Libero
Rookie defensive specialist has tremendous potential in the program and averages 1.59 digs per set with 65 digs this fall.
#12 Amy Newman ´12/Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount HS/Outside Hitter
A Dean´s List Student, Newman leads the NESCAC with 4.04 kills per set while ranking fourth in aces with .58 aces per set. Newman has notched eight double-doubles this year and that included a monstrous 28 kill, 21 dig explosion in Friday night´s regular season finale against Wesleyan. She has piled up 566 Kills, 379 digs, 74 Aces, 57 blocks and 49 Assists so far for the Camels.
#20 Ally Terlizzi ´12/Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane HS/Libero
Voted the most improved player at the conclusion of the 2008 season, Terlizzi has contributed 476 digs as a defensive specialist. Terlizzi recorded a season-high with 20 digs in a 3-1 victory at Endicott College Oct. 24. She had 19 digs in a 3-0 win against Salve Regina Oct. 22.
#21 Molly Barrett ´11/Medfield, Mass./Gettysburg College/Medfield HS/Outside Hitter
In her first season with the Camel volleyball program, Barrett has accounted for 75 kills, 98 digs, 26 blocks and 16 aces. Barrett buried a season-high 11 kills in a victory against Bowdoin Sept. 18 and added 10 kills in a 3-0 blanking of Salve Regina Oct. 22.
#25 Talia Hahn ´13/Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle HS/Outside Hitter
Hahn has posted seven kills to go with four digs and four aces this fall.
November 5, 2009