Volleyball: Season Review
December 2, 2009
The Ursuline College volleyball team concluded its fall campaign at 9-27, which some would view as disappointing for a team that was 20-17 two seasons ago. However, with the turnover in experience the Arrows gained some experience for a young and inexperienced roster and showed signs of returning to a higher level of play in the near future.
Highlighting the 2009 season was the play of junior Jamie Fox
. In just her third season with the Arrows, Jamie reached three major career milestones: 1,000 kills, 1,500 digs and 200 service aces. She led the team in all three categories, totaling a single-season best 397 kills (3.31 per set) to go with her 464 digs (3.87 per set) and 57 service aces (0.48 per set).
"Jamie is incredible," said junior setter Molly Altier
. "It is amazing to watch her jump so high and hit so hard. Her performance this year was outstanding. She is the player on the court you go to when you are in a crunch, because you know she will get the job done."
Fox's 57 total service aces ranked 25th in the nation (NAIA), and also led the conference. As an All-American Mideast Conference Honorable Mention selection, her service aces per set topped conference rankings, while her kills per set ranked ninth and digs per set ranked tenth. She will enter her senior season in 2010 with 1,056 kills, 1,526 digs and 211 service aces in her career.
"It is great to get the recognition, but most of the time it is sort of surprising," said Fox. "I usually expect others to get the recognition, because most of the time I am concentrating so much on how the team is working as a group rather than my individual performance."
As a team, the Arrows ranked ninth in the country in digs per set (19.43), 26th in total digs (2,468) and 46th in total service aces (220). In the AMC, UC ranked second in service aces per set (1.7) and fourth with its 220 total service aces, and ranked in the top ten in digs (eighth) and digs per set (third).
In 2010, Ursuline will return the all but one member of its 2009 roster, losing senior Lindsey Suppes
, who had 114 kills, 23 service aces, 23 blocks and 221 digs. The Arrows will feature a competitive balance of experience and youth, guided by Fox, Altier and Melissa Molli.
"Next season we would like to establish a tradition of hard work," said Fox. "I expect to put everything out there next season and as a senior, I want to help the younger players adjust to this level of competition and ideally help the program rebuild."
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