The Camels are coming off another terrific season that culminated with the program´s third appearance in the semifinal round of the NESCAC Championship Tournament in the past four years.
Senior captains Marissa DeMais and Chelsea Manning will lead the Camels onto the hard wood at Luce Field House this fall.
DeMais, a 2009 AVCA All-American and All-Conference setter, is the team´s facilitator and floor general who raises the level of play of everyone around her. The 5-8 senior has piled up 2605 assists to go with 558 digs, 139 kills, 113 service aces and 103 blocks for the Camels.
Manning was the team´s most improved player a year ago, operating in the middle of the front line with a team-best 70 blocks to go with 148 kills.
Amy Newman, a 2009 AVCA All-American and First Team All-NESCAC selection, packs a powerful hit on the outside. Newman finished second in the league last season with 4.17 kills per game and has buried 601 kills while adding 395 digs in her first two seasons with the program.
Joining Newman in the front court will be sophomore Rachel Schroff, who posted an impressive .326 hitting percentage to rank third in the league in a productive rookie campaign.
Look for seniors Molly Barrett (2009-75 kills, 98 digs, 26 aces), Jessie Lasher (Career-71 kills, 69 digs, 20 aces) and Katie Shragge (Career-54 digs, 47 aces) to contribute in the front court for the Camels.
Junior Ally Terlizzi (2009-305 digs) and Carly Guiducci (2009-73 digs) will be counted on for defensive prowess from the libero position.
Sophomore Katie Ketcham dished out 187 assists in her rookie season behind DeMais and is ready to step in and play at any time.
The program will have to cope with the losses of two terrific seniors and leaders in Meg Christman and Lauren Wise. Both players will be sorely missed for their leadership in practice and match situations and for their production as starters in the frontcourt.
The Camels will open the season Friday night in Providence, R.I. with the Johnson & Wales University Invitational Tournament.
After playing four matches in the Ocean State this weekend, the Camels will return home to face Roger Williams University Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Luce Field House.
September 9, 2010