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After making it to the semifinals of the NEWMAC championships last year, the women’s volleyball team has its eye on winning it all this year.

“The NEWMAC conference tournament will be the most important event of the season as the winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament,” said head coach Paul Dill.

Last year was the women’s volleyball team’s best finish in five years. The team finished with an overall record of 27-10 and a conference record of 7-2.

Furthermore, the team finished the season ranked fourth out of 61 New England teams, and made it to the finals of the East Coast Athletic Conference North Volleyball championships.

This year, however, the team will have to deal with the loss of two All-Conference players. Setter Alarice Huang ’00, NEWVA All-Region Team and Academic All-American, and outside hitter Jill Margetts ’00, NEWVA All-Region Team and ECAC All-Tournament Team, both graduated in June.

“First year players Jill Kaup ’03 and Saujin Yi ’01 are looking to add some additional firepower to the team’s arsenal. Freshmen Samantha Brenner, Nydia Clayton, Nayeli Dault, Bo Kim, and Jessie Pawlowski will round out the team,” Dill said.

Returning players include middle hitters Kelly Martens ’03 and Lauren Frick ’03, setter Christina Almodovar ’02, hitters Barb Schultze ’02 and Amy Mok ’02, and defensive specialists Linda Yu ’02 and Parisa Habibi ’02.

“With only one senior on this year’s squad, the next two seasons promise to be exciting ones for the program, as the team looks to gain their third NCAA Championship Tournament bid in four years,” Dill said.