2011 NESCAC Championship: Camels Prepare for Middlebury

Senior co-captains #12 Amy Newman  (left) and #5 Ally Terlizzi will Look to Lead the Camels into the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship this Weekend
Senior co-captains #12 Amy Newman (left) and #5 Ally Terlizzi will Look to Lead the Camels into the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship this Weekend
The Connecticut College volleyball team will be making its seventh consecutive appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship this weekend. The sixth seeded Camels (18-12) will take on the third seeded Middlebury Panthers (19-7) in an 8:00 p.m. quarterfinal match up at Bowdoin College Friday. The 2011 NESCAC Volleyball Championship hosted by Bowdoin College Friday, Nov. 4 No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Bowdoin - 5:00 p.m. No. 7 Williams vs. No. 2 Tufts - 5:00 p.m. No. 6 Camels vs. No. 3 Middlebury - 8:00 p.m. No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 Semifinals No. 5/No. 4 vs. No. 8/No. 1 - 1:00 p.m. No. 6/No. 3 vs. No. 7/No. 2 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 Championship Semifinal Winners-12:00 p.m. (Winner Automatically Qualifies for 2011 NCAA Championship) Edmed's Excellence Head Coach Josh Edmed is in his 10th season at the helm of the Camel volleyball program. This weekend, Edmed's Camels will be making their seventh consecutive appearance at the NESCAC Championship. Under Edmed's direction, the Camels have won 18 matches or more in six consecutive seasons. Amanda Weaver, a 2010 graduate of Simmons College, enters her second season as assistant coach for the Camels. #12 Amy Newman Closes in on School Record for Kills Senior Amy Newman (Los Angeles, Calif.) sits atop the NESCAC and ranks second nationally with 5.09 kills per set. Newman is third in the conference with a .328 hitting percentage. The senior outside hitter has amassed 1299 kills, 749 digs, 115 aces and 96 blocks over the course of her career. A 2010 AVCA Third-Team All-American, Newman needs 33 kills to tie Caitlin Tomaska '09 as the program's all-time leader for kills. Newman buried a career-high 32 kills in a 3-2 loss to Tufts Friday night. She has posted 33 doubles-doubles (kills-digs) over the past four years. #5 Ally Terlizzi Senior libero Ally Terlizzi (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) has amassed 1107 digs and 41 aces over the course of her career. Terlizzi is averaging 3.31 digs per set this fall to rank 14th in the NESCAC. She corralled a season-best 25 digs in a 3-2 loss to DeSales University back on Sept. 24. #8 Rachel Schroff Junior right side Rachel Schroff (Palos Verdes, Calif.) has had a productive season in the frontcourt for the Camels. Schroff is fourth in NESCAC hitting percentage (.321) and ranks 10th in the league with 2.95 kills per set. Back on Oct. 1, Schroff exploded with 18 kills and 15 digs in a 3-0 victory against Bates College. Here and There Rookie Melissa Kohl (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) ranks ninth in NESCAC hitting percentage (.265) with 74 kills and just 24 errors on 189 attempts…Junior setter Katie Ketcham (San Francisco, Calif.) is fourth in NESCAC assists per game (9.38 apg, 825 asssists) and ninth in service aces (.47 sapg, 41 aces). Camels in the NESCAC Championship This will mark the seventh consecutive year a Josh Edmed coached squad will have qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Here's a quick look at their past appearances. Oct. 31, 2005 -Colby College -Waterville, Maine #4 Williams College 3, #5 Connecticut College 0 (30-23, 33-31, 30-27) NESCAC Rookie of the year Caitlin Tomaska erupts with 14 kills and 15 digs en route to a double-double. Jenna Tjossem chips in with six kills and eight digs as the Camels keep it close in their first post-season appearance. Nov. 3, 2006-Williams College-Williams, Mass. #5 Connecticut College 3, #4 Tufts University 2 (30-27, 25-30, 30-25, 20-30, 15-9) Tomaska explodes with 23 kills and 18 digs in this five-game nail biter. Lauren Wise contributes 14 kills and 23 digs, while middle blocker Meg Christman buries 10 kills in the first NESCAC post-season victory for the Camels. Nov. 4, 2006-Williams College-Williams, Mass. Semifinal-#1 Williams College 3, #5 Connecticut College 0 (30-8, 30-22, 30-27) Tjossem buries 10 kills to go with six digs, while Wise finishes with eight kills and 19 digs in the Camels' inaugural appearance in the semis. Nov. 2, 2007-Amherst College-Amherst, Mass. #4 Connecticut College 3, #5 Wesleyan University 0 (30-16, 34-32, 30-26) Tomaska registers a double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs while Christman tallies 14 kills and three blocks in the blanking. Nov. 3, 2007-Amherst College-Amherst, Mass Semifinals-#1 Amherst 3, #4 Connecticut College 1 (30-18, 30-26, 25-30, 30-28) Marissa DeMais dishes out 44 assists and collects 15 digs, while Christman and Tjossem tally 12 kills each for the Camels. Nov. 7, 2008-Tufts University-Medford, Mass. #3 Amherst 3, #6 Connecticut College 2 (18-25, 25-14, 25-17, 19-25, 15-11) Amy Newman and Caitlin Tomaska post double-doubles in the close loss. Newman erupts with 16 kills, 10 digs and six blocks while Tomaska closes out her storied career with 12 kills and 15 digs in the match. Nov. 6. 2009-Tufts University-Medford, Mass. #3 Connecticut College 3, #6 Trinity College 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) Newman has 16 kills, five digs and four aces, while DeMais finishes with 34 assists and nine digs in the win. Semifinal: #2 Williams College 3, #3 Connecticut College 0 (25-20, 25-18, 27-25) Newman finishes with 19 kills and 11 digs. DeMais has 37 assists and seven digs while Terlizzi finishes with 18 digs in the match. Nov. 5, 2010-Amherst College-Amherst, Mass. #5 Tufts University 3, #4 Connecticut College 0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) Newman buried 12 kills with four digs, while DeMais closed out her prolific playing career with 24 assists and 11 digs.

November 3, 2011

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