ODAC Volleyball News Archive
2019-20 ODAC Volleyball News
|April 2, 2020
University of Lynchburg volleyball coach Elizabeth Ellinger announced Wednesday that she will step down from her post, effective immediately, to pursue full-time administration of her Old Dominion Volleyball Academy.
|November 19, 2019
Five ODAC standouts earned recognition in the final set of awards announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday. Bridgewater outside Rachel Gaston along with Randolph-Macon middle Sydney Koch, Virginia Wesleyan middle Amber Matalus, and Washington and Lee middle Courtney Berry and outside Brynne Gould earned selection to the Division III Honorable Mention All-America squad.
|November 15, 2019
The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team fell in a heartbreaker to No. 22 Juniata, 3-2 (17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-13, 15-9), Friday afternoon in the NCAA Championship Regional Round played at Christopher Newport University. With the result, the Marlins finish the year with a record of 28-8 which sets the program record for wins in a season.
2018-19 ODAC Volleyball News
|February 28, 2019
Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bridget Lyons, Ph.D, announced Friday that Kent Clayberg has been hired as the university's new head volleyball coach.
|December 17, 2018
Ferrum College running back Brian Mann, University of Lynchburg goalkeeper Delia LoSapio, and Randolph-Macon College midfielder Maddie Burns headline the ODAC's contingent of academic student-athlete honors from CoSIDA as the trio were tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-Americans from the fall seasons.
|November 9, 2018
The Washington and Lee volleyball team pushed fourth-ranked Colorado College to the brink in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but the Tigers escaped with a 3-2 victory. In her final collegiate match, senior libero Elly Cosgrove totaled a career-best 33 digs to lead the team.
2017-18 ODAC Volleyball News
|December 13, 2017
Brigewater College middle blocker Carleigh Studtmann added to her list of honors on Wednesday afternoon as he was named a Third Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Studtmann pairs this laurel with back-to-back ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete awards.
|November 14, 2017
Randolph-Macon College outside hitter Miranda Hall was tabbed a Third Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday, leading a list of three athletes that earned All-America distinction.
|November 10, 2017
Randolph-Macon came in ranked as the #4 seed in the Owings Mills Regional, but failed to overcome their opponent, the #5 seeded Swarthmore Garnet. The loss ends Randolph-Macon's 2017 campaign with a 23-7 overall record.
2016-17 ODAC Volleyball News
|January 27, 2017
In the eighth installment of ODAC 40 features, we highlight the conference's top awards in a pair of conversations with the first winners of the Marjorie Berkley and Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Awards. Former Eastern Mennonite University (then known as Eastern Mennonite College) volleyball star Becky (Derstine) Esch garnered the first Berkley Award in 1984, while former Washington and Lee University football and track & field standout Chip Nunley earned the inaugural Jopson Award in 1981.
|November 16, 2016
Randolph-Macon setter Erin Quinn became the second straight Yellow Jacket to earn All-America Third Team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday, leading a list of four ODAC standouts for the AVCA's top awards. R-MC teammate Mariah Clark, Lynchburg outside hitter Jennifer Garrett, and Washington and Lee middle Mackenzie Shand garnered Honorable Mention All-America laurels.
|November 12, 2016
The Randolph-Macon volleyball fell to Mary Washington 3-0 in Fredericksburg on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Yellow Jackets finished the season with a 24-8 record, winning the regular season and ODAC Tournament Titles. UMW (30-3) advances to the round of 16 with the win.
2015-16 ODAC Volleyball News
|November 19, 2015
Randolph-Macon College outside hitter Courtney Lowers added to her list of postseason honors, leading a list of three athletes that received recognition towards AVCA All-America distinction. Lowers was tabbed to the Third Team, while Virginia Wesleyan College outside Tiffany Barrett and Washington and Lee University middle Mackenzie Shand earned Honorable Mention laurels.
|November 19, 2015
Randolph-Macon College volleyball saw its record-setting season come to a close on Thursday evening as the Yellow Jackets fell to Carthage College, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 28-26), in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals. R-MC stands as the first ODAC squad to reach the final eight of the national tourney.
|November 15, 2015
Seniors Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va. / Nansemond River) and Katie Rossberg (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) tallied 17 and 16 kills, respectively, as the Randolph-Macon women's volleyball team defeated Stockton 3-0 Sunday afternoon in the Galloway Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
2014-15 ODAC Volleyball News
|February 23, 2015
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the hiring of Carrie Bert as head women's volleyball coach. Bert has been an assistant the past five years at her alma mater and becomes the 10th head coach in the program's 46-year history. Bert is a 1997 grad of EMU.
|January 8, 2015
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2014-15 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the fall sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the sixth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship. Seventy-five athletes were honored this season.
|January 6, 2015
Hollins University Acting Director of Athletics Bill Mannino is pleased to announce the hiring of Katherine Lawson to the position of head volleyball coach. Lawson is no stranger to the Hollins campus community as the newly appointed coach has worked in the Hollins admissions department since July of 2009.
2013-14 ODAC Volleyball News
|June 25, 2014
Devyn Bayes has been selected to be the next volleyball head coach at Emory & Henry College, Director of Athletics Myra Sims announced Wednesday. Bayes returns to her native Southwest Virginia after spending the past two seasons as the volleyball graduate assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
|June 4, 2014
Randolph has promoted Kara Matthews from assistant volleyball coach to the interim head position, effective July 1. A two-year assistant coach for the WildCat program, Matthews helped guide the 2013 squad to its best record since 1997 serving as the top assistant to Johnathan Willis.
|April 10, 2014
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2013-14 ODAC/StellarOne Sportsmanship Teams in each of the fall and winter sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the fifth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship.
2012-13 ODAC Volleyball News
|November 30, 2012
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2012 ODAC/StellarOne Sportsmanship Teams in each of seven fall sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the fourth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship.
|November 15, 2012
ODAC Player of the Year and Randolph-Macon outside hitter, Mallory Carter, was joined by Virginia Wesleyan's All-ODAC First Team outside hitter, Kala Guy, in earning recognition as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. This is Carter's second straight year on the honorable mention list, while Guy makes her first appearance. The pair were joined by R-MC's Tori Puryear as All-Region honorees.
|November 10, 2012
Randolph-Macon saw its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament come to an end on Saturday evening with a 3-2 loss to No. 5 Christopher Newport. The Yellow Jackets won the first game and dropped the next two before tying the match 2-all with a win in the fourth set. CNU scored a 15-12 win in game five to clinch the match.
2011-12 ODAC Volleyball News
|June 29, 2012
Hollins and athletic director David Zinn are excited to announce that Bill Shook has been named new head volleyball coach. Coach Shook will take over the program as it enters its second season of ODAC play after a six year hiatus. In addition to his coaching duties, Shook will also serve as an instructor in the physical education department.
|May 22, 2012
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the hiring of Jeff Tyson as head women's volleyball coach. Tyson comes to EMU from Marion, IN, where he has been heavily involved in the region's volleyball scene, including four years as an assistant coach at Indiana Wesleyan University.
|December 6, 2011
The AVCA recently announced its postseason awards, and three ODAC student-athletes were honored. Randolph-Macon's Mallory Carter (pictured) and teammate Marli Dabareiner were named to the AVCA All-South Region Team as well as honorable mention All-America. Washington and Lee's M.A. Boles was named honorable mention all-region.
2010-11 Volleyball News
|April 13, 2011
Dan Clotfelter served as head volleyball coach at Walker School in Atlanta, Ga., building that high school program into a state powerhouse. During his eight-year tenure, the team competed in four Final Fours, three Elite Eights and one Sweet Sixteen. He was selected four times as the Area Coach of the Year and was selected as a State All-Star Game Coach.
|January 31, 2011
Bridgewater College's Director of Athletics, Curt Kendall announced Monday that Erin Albert has been hired as the new head volleyball coach for the Eagles' program. Albert becomes just the third head coach in the program's history. She comes to BC following two years as an assistant at Chatham University.
|December 3, 2010
Seven student-athletes from Old Dominion Athletic Conference member schools earned a 2010 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award during the fall athletic schedule. Farm Bureau Insurance is the proud presenter of each award for the ODAC's 22 sponsored sports.
2009-10 Volleyball News
|June 11, 2010
A pair of student-athletes were honored with the league's highest honors on Thursday afternoon at the annual ODAC Board of Directors meetings. Rebecca Bradford from VWC was awarded the Marjorie Berkley Award. Fellow senior and H-SC mens tennis star, William Moss, garnered the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Award.
|February 12, 2010
Hollins University announced earlier this winter that it would be adding volleyball to its stable of seven collegiate sports, beginning with a provisional schedule in 2010-11. Jason Kozak has made the move from UVA to be the new head coach of the program's restart.
|December 22, 2009
Eight student-athletes from Old Dominion Athletic Conference member schools to earn a 2009 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award during the fall athletic schedule. Farm Bureau Insurance is the proud presenter of each award for the ODAC's 22 sponsored sports.
2008-09 Volleyball News
|December 20, 2008
ODAC teams put eight players on the VaSID All-State Volleyball Teams, including five of the six places on the second team. Additionally, Emory & Henry freshman Rachel Fertitta (above) was tabbed as the state's top rookie.
|November 18, 2008
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2008 Division III All-America teams on Tuesday and W&L senior right side Jessica Ulrich was named to the Honorable Mention team.
|November 13, 2008
The Washington and Lee volleyball team fell to Mt. St. Joseph, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23, in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Thursday afternoon at Wittenberg College.
2007-08 Volleyball News
|May 28, 2008
Bridgewater College athletics director announced Friday that Greg Spector has been named the new womens volleyball head coach
|April 7, 2008
The most victorious coach in Bridgewater College history has announced she will step down from coaching and return to full-time teaching after 32 years at the helm of the College's volleyball program.
|November 5, 2007
Bridgewater College senior Marsha Hermes and Eagles head coach Mary Frances Heishman earned the ODACs Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards in the annual All-ODAC volleyball voting. Virginia Wesleyan Colleges Rebecca Leedom won the sports Rookie of the Year award, and Randolph-Macon Colleges Michelle Kutcher was tabbed as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Randolph College earned the Team Sportsmanship Award.
2006-07 Volleyball News
|November 17, 2006
The first semi-final match of the 2006 NCAA Division III National Volleyball Championship pitted a pair of volleyball heavyweights against each other on Friday afternoon in Salem. With a combined 40 total NCAA tournament appearances between the two foes, Washington University-St. Louis and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater set the stage for a stellar contest. Washington U. proved tops on this day, defeating the defending champion Warhawks 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-27) and putting themselves into the national final match.
|November 10, 2006
Washington & Lee University, seeded fifth going into the NCAA Division III regional quarterfinals, picked up its second upset in as many days in Hoboken, N.J., knocking off top-seeded New York University 3-2 on Friday afternoon. The Generals move on to face the winner of host Stevens Institute of Technology (32-5) and SUNY Cortland (29-12) in the Saturdays New York Region final.
|November 7, 2006
Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) runner-up Randolph-Macon College put three players on the postseason all-star teams, including a pair of All-ODAC First Team BC's Erika Dirnagl selections. Outside hitter Maggie McDearmon headlines the Yellow Jacket picks, sitting atop the conference lists as the 2006 ODAC Player of the Year.