The Coker College women's volleyball team begins their season with a pair of double headers on back-to-back days when they host the Coker/FMU Fall Invitational on August 24th and 25th. The Cobras will play at 1 pm and 7 pm in the DeLoach Center on both days. Tickets for the matches are $5 for adults, $3 for students and free to all Coker faculty, staff and students.
The Cobras finished with a 14-17 record last season. Their 14 wins were the most for the program since 2007-2008, and they advanced to the quaterfinals of the South Atlantic Conference tournament for the first time in team history.
The Cobras enter the 2018-19 season with five experienced seniors in Cayley Gunter, Arianne Jewell, Chloe Attram, Olivia Veith, and Kara Overholt.
Junior setter/right-side hitter Taylor Du Bray returns as well. Du Bray was an Honorable Mention to the South Atlantic Conference All- Conference team last season, and has been selected to the Preseason All-Conference Second Team this year. Her 383.5 points were the fifth most in the South Atlantic Conference last season; she ranks second in the conference amongst players returning for the 2018-19 season.
In addition to the talented returners, Coach Rowland has landed a superb class of recruits who should figure prominently into the rotation this season, including Rami Mullen, Gabrielle Milo, Emily Everton, Lana Strejcek, and Olivia Cerick .
Player to Watch
Overholt set the Coker women's volleyball record for digs in a season with a jaw-dropping 569 digs during the 2017 season. Her best performance of the season came in the Cobras 3-0 victory over Tusculum (Nov. 4) when she racked up 24 digs and five assists.
Kara Overholt enters her senior season just 607 digs from Andrea Manuel's (2002-2005) Coker career digs record of 1,938.
Taylor du Bray set the Cobras single season kills record with 340 kills during her sophomore season.
The Cobras return five seniors for the 2018-19 season.
Coker set a team record with 1,226 assists last season.
Taylor Du Bray | 340
Annie Mansfield | 185
Chloe Attram | 90
Olivia Veith | 35
Annie Mansfield | 36
Chloe Attram | 31
Taylor du Bray | 26
Olivia Veith | 7
Kara Overholt | 566
Taylor du Bray | 405
Annie Mansfield | 117
Olivia Veith | 15
Chloe Attram | .203%
Taylor du Bray | .137%
Olivia Veith | .128%
Annie Mansfield | .116%
2018 Coker Women’s Volleyball Roster
2 Rami Mullen S Fr. 5-7 Harrisburg, N.C. / Hickory Ridge HS
3 Gabrielle Milo L Fr. 5-2 Summerville, S.C. / Ashley Ridge HS
4 Cayley Gunter OH Sr. 5-8 Johnsonville, S.C. / Johnsonville HS
5 Samantha Ojeda DS/L So. 5-3 Fort Mill, S.C. / Indian Land HS
7 Olivia Cerick OH Fr. 5-10 Huntersville, N.C. / William Amos Hough HS
8 Emily Everton OH Fr. 6-1 Moore, S.C. / Byrnes HS
9 Sierra Harvey MB Jr. 5-11 Kingsland, Ga. / Camden County HS
10 Taylor du Bray S/RS Jr. 5-9 Highlands Rach, Colo. / Mountain Vista HS
11 Caroline Layne MB Fr. 6-0 Spartanburg, S.C / Spartanburg HS
12 Maddie Gardner DS/L Jr. 5-5 Knoxville, Tenn. / University of Tennessee
14 Annie Mansfield OH So. 5-10 Yalaha, Fla. / First Academy - Leesburg
15 Payton Jackson RS/MB So. 5-11 McKinney, Tx. / McKinney North HS
16 Arianne Jewell MB Sr. 5-10 Canton, Ga. / Cherokee HS
17 Chloe Attram MB Sr. 5-10 Laurel, Md. / Francis Marion University
19 Olivia Veith OH Sr. 5-10 Pensacola, Fla. / Pine Forest HS
20 Lana Strejcek MB Fr. 6-3 Cornelius, N.C. / William Amos Hough HS
Head Coach: Julia Rowland
Assistant Coaches: Jay Novoa-Miralles, Jose Soto
2018 Women's Volleyball Schedule
8.24. | Winston-Salem | 1:00 PM | Home
8.24 | Lees-McRae | 7:00 PM | Home
8.25 | Indianapolis | 1:00 PM | Home
8.25 | UNC Pembroke | 7:00 PM | Home
8.31 | Fayetteville State | 11:00 AM | @ UNC Pembroke
8.31 | Shaw | 3:00 PM | @ UNC Pembroke
9.1 | Lees-McRae | 3:00 PM | @ UNC Pembroke
9.1 | UNC Pembroke | 7:00 PM | @ UNC Pembroke
9.4 | Queens (N.C.) | 7:00 PM | @ Queens
9.7 | Anderson (S.C.) | 1:00 PM | @ Anderson, S.C.
9.7 | Erskine | 3:00 PM | @ Anderson, S.C.
9.14 | Mars Hill | 7:00 PM | Home
9.15 | Lenoir-Rhyne | 3:00 PM | Home
9.18 | Wingate | 7:00 PM | Home
9.22 | Carson-Newman | 2:00 PM | @ Carson-Newman
9.25 | Queens (N.C.) | 7:00 PM | Home
9.28 | Newberry | 7:00 PM | Home
9.29 | Anderson (S.C.) | 2:00 PM | Home
10.05 | Lincoln Memorial | 7:00 PM | @ Lincoln Memorial
10.06 | Tusculum | 2:00 PM | @ Tusculum
10.09 | Catawba | 6:30 PM | Home
10.12 | Mars Hill | 7:00 PM | @ Mars Hill
10.16 | Wingate | 7:00 PM | @ Wingate
10.20 | Carson-Newman | 2:00 PM | Home
10.23 | Lenoir-Rhyne | 7:00 PM | @ Lenoir-Rhyne
10.26 | Newberry | 7:00 PM | @ Newberry
10.30 | Catawba | 6:30 PM | @ Catawba
11.2 | Lincoln Memorial | 7:00 PM | Home
11.3 | Tusculum | 2:00 PM | Home
SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Anderson, S.C. | 19-1 Conference | 28-5 Overall
Wingate | 18-2 Conference | 27-4 Overall
Queens, N.C. | 14-6 Conference | 23-8 Overall
Carson-Newman | 10-10 Conference | 17-15 Overall
Tusculum | 10-10 Conference | 15-16 Overall
Mars Hill | 9-11 Conference | 11-17 Overall
Lincoln Memorial | 8-12 Conference | 13-16 Overall
Coker | 7-13 Conference | 14-17 Overall
Lenoir-Rhyne | 6-14 Conference | 10-16 Overall
Newberry | 5-15 Conference | 9-18 Overall
Catawba | 4-16 Conference | 6-19 Overall
Winston-Salem vs Coker
Friday, August 24th | 1:00 PM | DeLoach Center
The Winston-Salem Rams finished 22-8 last season (14-2 in conference play), winning the CIAA Volleyball Championship before losing in the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Tournament Quarterfinals.
CIAA coaches picked the Rams to finish third overall in the recently released CIAA preseason coaches poll. Winston-Salem lost four players to graduation this season, including three of their top performers. Despite the high ranking, they enter the season with nine freshman and just one senior on their current roster.
Player to Watch
Christa Brown is the lone senior on this Winston-Salem roster. She enters the season as the top returner with 171 kills and 22 blocks last season. She was voted second team All-CIAA in 2017, and she led the conference in blocks and block assists during her sophomore season.
KILLS | Christa Brown - 171
BLOCKS | Christa Brown - 87
ASSISTS | Brittany Carpenter - 364
DIGS | Brittany Carpenter - 96
Hitting % | Christa Brown - .285%
Winston-Salem State Rams
2018 Rams Volleyball Rosters
1 Ytae Cobb MB/OH Jr. 6-0 Huntsville, Ala./Pensacola C.C.
2 Alexis Gregson-Hammond MB So. 6-1 Englewood, Colo./Grandview High
3 Gabby Azar L/DS Fr. 5-5 Akron, Ohio/St. Vncent-St. Mary High
4 Zia Hamilton S/OPP Fr. 5-8 Lebanon, Tenn./Lebanon High
5 Samantha Conde OH Fr. 5-9 El Paso, Tex./Eastwood High
6 Hailey Tatu OH/RS Jr. 5-10 Catawba, N.C./Catawba C.C.
7 Miranda Taylor OH Jr. 6-0 Spring Hill, Kan./Neosho C.C.
8 Rylee Wilson OH Fr. 5-9 Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford High
9 Reenah Harris MB Jr. 5-11 San Leandro, Calif./Ohlone
11 Danyale Berry MB/OH So. 5-11 Las Vegas, Nev./Greensboro
12 Brittany Carpenter S So. 5-10 Concord, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus High
13 Alexis Bynum RS Jr. 5-11 Goldsboro, N.C./Pitt C.C.
14 Laiyah Haley OH/DS Fr. 5-8 Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley High
16 Myra Wallace DS/L Fr. 5-4 Madison, Ala./Bob Jones High
21 Christa Brown MB Sr. 6-1 Groveport, Ohio/Harvest Prep
22 Tailar Jackson RS Fr. 5-7 Redford, Mich./Henry Ford Academy
23 Jalyn Capel DS So.(rs) 5-4 Upper Marlboro, Md./Elizabeth Seton High
24 Gabrielle Greene MB Fr. (rs) 6-2 Ayden, N.C./J.H. Rose High
Head Coach: Kathy Bullock
Lees-McRae vs. Coker
Friday, August 24th | 7:00 PM | DeLoach Center
The Lees-McRae Bobcats finished 7-18 last season, including 4-10 in Conference Carolinas action. They opened the season with eight straight losses before rebounding to finish 7-10 for the remainder of their schedule.
The Bobcats were picked to finish ninth overall in Conference Carolinas in the recently released preseason coaches poll. Longtime setter Courtney Weathersbee graduated last season, finishing her career ranked sixth on the Bobcats all-time assists list. The team will look to junior transfer Megan Gallion (Feather River Community College), and freshman Erica Slinde to try to replace her presence on the floor.
Player to Watch
Smirne enjoyed a standout freshman season last year for the Bobcats. She finished second on the team in kills, and was tabbed as a "player to watch" by Conference Carolinas coaches entering the 2018 season. Smirne dominated in the Bobcats 3-2 loss to Erskine last season, notching 21 kills and 10 digs.
KILLS | Kaci Thornton - 155
BLOCKS | Lexi Zangari - 43
ASSISTS | Kaci Thornton - 22
DIGS | Kaci Thornton - 223
HITTING % | Lexi Zangari - .157%
2018 Lees-McRae Women’s Volleyball Roster
2 Erica Slinde S 5-11 Fr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn. / Eastview HS
3 McKenzie Sprabary OH 5-8 Fr. Denton, Texas / Denton HS
4 Allie Cunningham DS 5-6 Jr. Advance NC/Brunswick CC
6 Megan Gallion S 5-5 Jr. Fall River Mills, Calif. / Feather River CC
7 Lauren Arnold MH 5-9 So. Myrtle Beach, SC/Myrtle Beach HS
9 Lexi Zangari MH 5-8 Jr. Breckenridge, Colo. / Summit HS
11 Kaden Hill MH 5-9 Fr. Bethlehem, Ga. / Archer HS
13 Ellissa Small OH 5-7 Jr. Myrtle Beach SC/Carolina Forest HS
15 Logan Slusher MH 6-4 Jr. Hayes, VA/Gloucester HS
17 Kaci Thornton OH 5-9 Sr. Lubbock, TX/Cisco CC
18 Hanna Steckler RS 6-0 So. Charlotte, NC/Olympic HS
21 Caitlyn Smirne OH/RS 5-9 So. Winterville, NC/DH Conley HS
Head Coach: Caitlin Bullock
Indianapolis vs. Coker
Saturday, August 25th | 1:00 PM | DeLoach Center
The Indianapolis Greyhounds finished 13-19 last season, including 8-10 in GLVC action. The Greyhounds actually started the season 11-7 last year before dropping 12 of their final 14 matches. Their season ended with a loss to the #1 ranked Lewis Flyers, a team that would eventually advance to the third round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.
GLVC coaches picked Indianapolis to finish eighth in the preseason poll. The Greyhounds are returning the vast majority of their team from a season ago, and are welcoming in five newcomers.
Player to Watch
Fehribach led Indianapolis with 303 kills in 32 matches as a sophomore last season. Her top performance came against Southern Wesleyan when she recorded a career-high 17 kills. Fehribach and sophomore Katie Furlong figure to be the keys to the Greyhounds offensive attack during the 2018 season.
KILLS | Anna Fehribach - 303
BLOCKS | Katie Voelz - 72
ASSISTS | Alyssa Spears - 494
DIGS | Olivia Martin - 522
HITTING % | Lauren Koopman - .262%
2018 University of Indianapolis Volleyball Roster
1 Anna Fehribach JR 6’0 OH Indianapolis, IN
2 Olivia Martin SO 5’8 L Fort Wayne, IN
3 Alex Equihua FR 5’9 S Crown Point, IN
4 Katie Furlong SO 6’0 OH Galena, IL
6 Autumn Mayo SO 5’9 RS Vancouver, WA Armstrong St.
7 Mary Grace Ertel JR 5’10 OH Indianapolis, IN
8 Jena Davis JR 5’6 DS Cedar Hill, MO St. Joseph’s
9 Alyssa Spears JR 5’9 S Heltonville, IN St. Joseph’s
10 Julia Kruzan JR 6’0 RS Schererville, IN St. Joseph’s
11 Makenna Barnhart FR 5’8 OH Bloomington, IL
12 Katie Voelz SR 6’0 MB Warsaw, IN
13 Hannah Huppenbauer FR 6’3 MB Galesburg, IL
14 Emma Jones FR 6’1 MB/RS Greenwood, IN
15 Lauren Koopman SR 6’0 MB Floyds Knobs, IN
17 Taylor Jacquay SO 6’0 OH New Haven, IN
20 Emily Ellis JR 5’10 MB Oak Forest, IL Concord
Head coach – Jason Reed (sixth season)
Assistant coach – Julie Street
Assistant coach – Kourtney Crawford
UNC Pembroke vs. Coker
Saturday, August 25th | 7:00 PM | DeLoach Center
The UNC Pembroke Braves finished 7-26 last season, including 0-12 in the Peach Belt Conference. The seven victories more than doubled their win total from the prior season when they won just three matches. The Braves lost both matches against the Cobras last year, dropping six out of seven sets.
However, the Braves brought in seven new recruits this season, including a set of 5-11 twin sisters, and two 6-1 freshmen. Aquia Jones, Amber Tyndall, and Bailee Jones figure to provide the young team with senior leadership at key positions.
Player to Watch
Jones has been a steady presence for the Braves since her freshman season. She finished second in assists during her freshman season, and then led the team in both sophomore and junior seasons. She'll enter her senior season with more weapons around her than she's had at any point in her career. Jones recorded her best performance against St. Andrews last season when she notched 27 assists in the Braves' upset victory over the Knights.
KILLS | Aquia Jones - 179
BLOCKS | April Tankersley - 68
ASSISTS | Bailee Jones - 452
DIGS | Anna Heinz - 213
HITTING % | Michelle Voyer - .149%
UNC Pembroke Braves
2018 UNC Pembroke Volleyball Roster
1 Ashley Caesar MB R-Fr. 5-11 Liberty, N.C. / Providence Grove / Hofstra
2 Abby Farr L/DS Jr. 5-3 Greer, S.C. / Riverside / Jacksonville State
3 Casey O’Quinn S So. 5-6 Charleston, S.C. / James Island Charter
4 Savannah Bean MB R-Jr. 5-11 Fernandina Beach, Fla. / Fernandina Beach / Anderson
5 Brianna Warren MB Fr. 6-1 Indian Trail, N.C. / Porter Ridge
6 Anna Heinz L/DS Jr. 5-4 Salemburg, N.C. / Lakewood
7 April Tankersley MB So. 6-1 Fort Mill, S.C. / Fort Mill
8 Raven Oates OH Jr. 5-9 Huntsville, Texas / Huntsville / San Jacinto
9 Tyler Fitzpatrick RS/OH So. 5-11 Charlotte, N.C. / Cox Mill
10 Bailee Jones S Sr. 5-7 Trinidad, Colo. / Hoehne
11 Amber Tyndall RS Sr. 6-0 Fayetteville, N.C. / Gray’s Creek / Cape Fear CC
12 Aquia Jones RS/OH Sr. 5-8 Knightdale, N.C. / Millbrook
13 Selena Biele RS/OH Fr. 5-10 Hampstead, N.C. / West Carteret
14 Michelle Voyer OH So. 6-1 Baldwinsville, N.Y. / Charles W. Baker
15 Hannah Talliere L/DS Fr. 5-7 Norfolk, Va. / Granby
16 Kaila Crowder OH So. 5-6 Chesterfield, Va. / Cosby
17 Shannon Skryd OH Fr. 5-8 Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley
18 Angelica Biele S Fr. 5-11 Hampstead, N.C. / West Carteret
19 Carley Williams OH/MB Fr. 6-1 Bristol, Tenn. / Tennessee
20 Elly Hicks OH So. 5-10 Trinity, N.C. / Wheatmore
Head Coach: Ellen McGill (Virginia Intermont, 2006) – fourth season
Assistant Coach: Katie Rueffer (Elmhurst, 2014)
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