The Connecticut College volleyball team will open the season Friday night with the Johnson & Wales University Invitational in Providence, R.I.
Under the direction of head coach Josh Edmed, the program has flourished with 99 victories in the past five years. The Camels have made six straight appearances in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship Tournament and with a strong nucleus in place, that trend should continue in 2011.
This fall, Edmed will rely on seniors Amy Newman and Ally Terlizzi to lead the way as co-captains.
A third-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American selection in 2010, Newman averaged 5.17 kills per set to lead the NESCAC and finished fifth in the conference with a .296 hitting percentage. Newman has amassed 973 kills and 589 digs in her first three seasons of action.
Terlizzi will lead the defensive efforts as the team's libero. In 2010, Terlizzi tallied 291 digs (3.27 digs per game). The Camels will continue to count on her speed and athleticism this fall.
Junior Rachel Schroff will join Newman in the frontcourt. Schroff is coming off a productive sophomore season (235 kills) that saw her finish seventh in the NESCAC with a .288 hitting percentage.
Junior setter Katie Ketcham tallied 75 assists in 12 sets last season and is ready to take a step forward into a much more significant role this fall as a starter for the Camels.
Edmed is also looking for Bianca Smith (OH, 5-7, San Jose, Calif.) and Melissa Kohl (MB, 5-10, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) to make an impact in their rookie seasons for the Camels.
After playing their first five matches on the road, the Camels return home to the friendly confines of Luce Field House for a 6:00 p.m. match up against NESCAC rival Williams College Friday, Sept. 16.
September 8, 2011