UD Volleyball 2016 Season review



#1 Jessie Koster (Sherwood, OR), #3 Allison Seager (Dallas, TX), #11 Anna Fazio (Beaumont, TX), #12 Mairin Guilfoyle (Roanoke, VA)


#6 Mary Scholz (Fallon, NV), #7 Diana Hassink (Tulsa, OK)


#4 Anna McCall (Monrovia, CA), #9 Sarah Hughes (Fair Oaks, CA), #16 Kyndal Miller (Crockett, TX), #18 Elizabeth Smith (Broken Arrow, OK)


#2 Kennedy Bradley (Groesbeck, TX), #8 Stephanie Janysek (Sinton, TX), #10 Merit Paramo (Wasilla, AK), #13 Mary Goodykoontz (Chandler, AZ), #15 Caroline Sajben (Chico, CA), #17 Krystyn Pua (Escondido, CA)


Margaret Novacek (Oconomowoc, WI)


Dallas earned a victory in perhaps its most exciting match of the season, topping rival Austin College at the Maher Center in 5 sets. This was the clincher that eventually helped the Crusaders take the 5th seed after tying Texas Lutheran in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) standings. The home team snatched the first two sets closely, but would need to rally down 13-12 with three straight points to secure the match. This game also included a 34-32 setback in the 4th set that had several monumental plays as each side kept trying to stay alive. Jessie Koster tied a career-high 48 digs while Mairin Guilfoyle and Elizabeth Smith posted career-highs in kills (25) and assists (61), respectively.

For the first time since 2014, the Crusaders won back-to-back SCAC matches with set sweeps over Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran at a cross-divisional hosted in Sherman, Texas. UD handily swept the Mountaineers before stunning the Bulldogs in sweep that involved the last two sets being determined by two points. This included a 26-24 final in the third, and witnessed Dallas scoring six unanswered. In that set, Mairin Guilfoyle had a game-high 16 kills. Jessie Koster combined for 57 digs, and later broke the school record for career digs and earned her first ever SCAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Head Coach Prentice Lewis guided the team to her first win over the program with a 3-2 triumph at Arlington Baptist College. The Crusaders claimed the first two sets, but the home side struck back with a pair of wins. With the final frame going extra serves, Dallas held on with a 16-14 result to improve to 13-0 (14 wins after rematch at Maher) in the all-time series. Mary Scholz had quite the performance in her return after missing last season with 13 kills and 20 digs for a double-double.

Senior Night was interesting this year, as the Crusaders had to reschedule an opponent 48 hours prior to the first serve. Luckily Southwestern Adventist University was flexible enough to make the trip from Keene, Texas, on short notice. Dallas won in four sets, which included limiting the opposition to four points in the opening frame. The quartet of seniors all got recognized prior to the tilt. With Jessie Koster nursing an injury, two other four-year players in Anna Fazio and Allison Seager shared libero duties in the final three sets. Fazio had 16 digs. Guilfoyle also claimed her 10th of 15 double-digit kill games with 10 total.

Playing five matches in three days is never easy, but the Crusaders were able to start out strong winning three-of-four. The final victory within the trio was a 3-0 decision over Sul Ross State University. Dallas won every set by at least seven points or more and was in control most of the contest. Dallas recorded a .333 kill percentage (14-30) in the first set. The team also defended a season-best 15 blocks led by Merit Paramo and Mary Scholz with five apiece. Kyndal Miller added four. UD only eclipsed double figures in blocks four times during the campaign.


Jessie Koster led NCAA DIII for the 2nd straight season in digs-per-set with a 7.49 mark. A year ago she was tied 1st in that category with a 6.69-clip. This year Koster also ranked first nationally and in the SCAC in total digs (854). Additionally she was second in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Mairin Guilfoyle demonstrated a career year by racking up 358 kills and averaged 3.31 per set. The outside hitter mustered double-digit totals in 15 matches and finished 3rd all-time in the school record books with 1,220. She finished 9th all-time in kills-per-set with a 2.54-clip. Finally on the season, Guilfoyle ranked 6th overall in service aces with her 30 this season (3rd on team) contributing to her 176 in four years.
Elizabeth "Libby" Smith was a staple in the offense as the primary setter. The sophomore already ranks 6th in school history with 1,665 assists. The top five above her all have surpassed 2,000. Smith improved on her freshman numbers with 982 assists, 39 aces (2nd on team), 272 digs, 19 blocks, 107 kills, and 157.0 points. Smith's biggest notable highlight was in the Austin College home match where she delivered 61 assists. Easily a personal best, this number was the most assists in a match since 2004 when Ashli Randl logged the school record (70) against University of Texas at Tyler on Sept. 11.
There was no place like Sherman. The Crusaders played 12 matches this year on the neutral court, all in September. In fact, Dallas never played in front of its home crowd until the SCAC Conference Divisional in October. Overall, the road warriors played the first 19 games on the road, and were only home five times altogether. Dallas went 4-1 in the Maher Center.
Mary Scholz and Diana Hassink each contributed big games in the statistics. Scholz recorded 12 double-digit kill performances including a career-high 21 against Howard Payne University. Hassink etched seven double-doubles including three straight prior to the season finale in the SCAC 5th/6th place match.
Koster also broke into the top 5 of the SCAC record books with 48 digs in a single match at LeTourneau University. At the time the team had set a season-high 118 digs, too. However, Koster repeated this feat about a week later in the Austin College showdown where she picked up 48 digs. UD mustered 143.


Click link below to see full 2016 online albums



Mairin Guilfoyle****

Jessie Koster****

Allison Seager****

Diana Hassink***

Sarah Hughes**

Mary Scholz**

Elizabeth Smith**

Anna Fazio*

Kyndal Miller*

Merit Paramo*

Krystyn Pua*

TEAM MVP- Jessie Koster

2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) - Jessie Koster

2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) - Jessie Koster

2016 SCAC Backrow Player of the Year - Jessie Koster

2016 SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team - Anna Fazio

2016 All-SCAC Second Team - Jessie Koster

2016 USCAA All-Academic Team - Jessie Koster, Allison Seager

2016 USCAA All-American Honorable Mention - Jessie Koster


Team Single Match Digs Record - 143 vs. Austin College (Oct. 8)

Jessie Koster - Broke her own single season digs record (854); set season digs-per-game record (7.49). Maintained career school record for digs-per-set (6.26) and bolstered all-time digs record (2,880).


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