BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Molly Alvey was named the 12th head coach of the University of Cincinnati volleyball program on Feb. 15, 2012.
Alvey once again led the Bearcats to a historic season in 2018 as UC reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history. The team started the season with some momentum as it took down No. 25 Colorado State in their own tournament and also notched notable wins against prominent programs such as Florida State, Dayton and Wichita State. After a 15-3 conference campaign, UC earned the second NCAA Tournament at-large bid in conference history and went on to defeat Illinois State 3-0 in the Milwaukee regional. The team finished the season 26-8 after losing in the second round to No. 15 Marquette. UC finished the year ranked 12th in the nation in hitting percentage, 24th in assists per set and 25th in kills per set and ranked 24th in the nation in RPI.
Individually, redshirt-junior Jordan Thompson made the 2018 season one to remember as she led the nation in kills, points, kills per set and points per set for all but one week in season play. She became the fifth Bearcats player to earn multiple All-America honors as she was named to the AVCA Third Team. Thompson was also the AAC unanimous Player of the Year, a two-time AVCA National Player of the Week and eight-time AAC Offensive Player of the Week. She broke numerous records in 2018, including single-season kills and points at UC and the AAC, career kills and points for the AAC and single-match kills for UC and the AAC. Additionally, Jade Tingelhoff was named the AAC Setter of the Year for the second time of her career and freshman Maria Mallon was named All-AAC First Team.
The Bearcats maintained excellence in the classroom as the team posted a 3.578 GPA during the fall semester with 16 students recording a 3.0 or higher, including eleven on the Dean’s List with a 3.4 or higher. Armania Heckenmueller led the way with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Thompson added an academic accolade to her lengthy list of awards by being named a 2018 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team honoree. Despite playing seven of the team’s twelve games in St. Ursula Arena before opening the new Fifth Third Arena, the Bearcats set a new program average per game attendance record. In the first official contest in the new arena, UC took down Wichita State in a 3-0 sweep. The Bearcats would win all five matches played in Fifth Third, winning all but two sets.
She completed her most prolific season as a head coach in 2016, earning American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors and leading her team into the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats finished the season with a 22-10 record and a 17-3 mark in conference play, good for a second-place finish. Cincinnati earned the first NCAA at-large bid in American history when it was drawn into the Gainesville regional for the first round to face No. 16 Florida State.
Tim Horsmon returned as the head coach of the Flyer volleyball program on Dec. 18, 2013 and is in his 11th overall season at UD in 2019. Horsmon spent six seasons at Maryland and previously had a very successful tenure at the helm of Dayton’s program (2003-07).
Over his 10 seasons as head coach at Dayton, Horsmon has amassed a 261-73 overall record.
After a one-year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament, Dayton returned to the national stage following a nail-biting, down-to-the-wire 3-2 win over 2018 A-10 regular season winners VCU on its home court in Richmond, Va. The Flyers made the program’s 13th overall appearance in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, squaring off against Louisville in first-round action. Senior Lauren Bruns was named A-10 Player of the Year, to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Team and to the Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team for her work both on the court and in the classroom and community. Senior Margo Wolf was named A-10 Libero of the Year for the second time in her career while freshman Alli Papesh earned A-10 Rookie of the Year accolades while sophomore Brooke Westbeld joined Bruns on the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention roster.
Following the 2017 season, senior Amber Erhahon was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and went on to garner AVCA All-America Honorable Mention accolades, the program’s 14th player to earn national recognition. Horsmon also celebrated senior Jane Emmenecker’s fourth A-10 Setter of the Year award as she became the first person to accomplish that feat in conference history.
Horsmon led the 2016 squad to its second 30-win season in three years, the program’s second-consecutive 14-0 Atlantic 10 season and the Flyers once again won the A-10 Regular Season and Tournament titles. UD made the program’s 12th appearance in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and the team headed into national post-season play ranked 23rd in the AVCA Top 25 poll. The team’s final RPI came in at 33.
For the third-consecutive season, Horsmon was tabbed Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and junior Jane Emmenecker claimed her third-consecutive Setter of the Year award in 2016. Sophomore Margo Wolf picked up Libero of the Year accolades and a total of seven players were honored on A-10 All Conference Teams.
In his second season back as the Flyer front man, Horsmon put together a 25-match winning streak after opening the season 0-4 in 2015. Dayton once again returned to the NCAA Tournament, and after dispatching Villanova in the First Round, UD squared off against Penn State, falling 3-1 to the host Nittany Lions.
Dayton repeated as both the A-10 Regular Season and Tournament Champions in 2015. Additionally, Flyers earned four of the five major conference awards in senior Alaina Turner as Player of the Year, senior Janna Krafka as Libero of the Year, sophomore Jane Emmenecker as Setter of the Year and with Horsmon picking up his third-career Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award.
Horsmon wasted no time righting the Dayton Flyers’ volleyball ship after returning to the program prior to the 2014 season. UD went 30-6 in 2014, making the program’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance and advancing to the Second Round for the sixth time. UD also claimed both the Atlantic 10 Regular Season and Championship titles for the fifth time in the last six years.
Reed Sunahara enters his fifth season at the helm of the Mountaineers after being named the coach of the West Virginia University volleyball program in March of 2015.
Under his supervision, the Mountaineers made the postseason for the first time since 1991, reaching the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Semifinals. The tournament bid was made possible with an upset of No. 14 Kansas in the regular-season finale on Nov. 25.
From an individual standpoint, Sunahara has seen a trio of Mountaineers earn All-Big 12 recognition in Payton Caffrey, Erin Slinde and Mia Swanegan. In addition to the squad’s All-Big 12 honors, Caffrey was named the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Freshman of the Year and was awarded a spot on the AVCA All-Midwest Region Team. She then landed on the AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention list a year later. Additionally, Sunahara’s team has earned eight Big 12 Player of the Week nods, led by Caffrey with five weekly honors.
The Mountaineers also have enjoyed great success off the court. Since Sunahara was named coach in 2015, West Virginia has earned 38 Academic All-Big 12 honors, with a program-record eight Academic All-Big 12 First Team members coming in 2018. Then-sophomore Katie DeMeo also became the first Mountaineer to land on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Volleyball Team since Hannah Shreve received the honor in 2016. Shreve also earned the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award by the Big 12 Conference, the league’s highest academic honor, in 2016, followed by Gianna Gotterba in 2017. Additionally, the Mountaineers have earned the prestigious AVCA Team Academic Award (3.3 team grade point average or higher) three times under Sunahara’s direction.
The 2018 team was one of Sunahara’s youngest squads; featuring no seniors, the Mountaineers posted an 11-win season. WVU played four teams ranked inside the AVCA Top-25 Poll, facing nationally-ranked Texas and Baylor twice in league action in addition to nonconference matches against No. 1 Stanford and No. 9 BYU. The season was highlighted with a win against in-state foe Marshall on Nov. 7, to capture the Golden Ball Trophy for the third time in the last four years.
Four Mountaineers finished the season in the top 10 of five Big 12 categories: freshman Lacey Zerwas ranked sixth with 9.18 assists per set, junior Katelyn Evans ranked ninth with 3.17 kills per set, freshman Kristina Jordan ranked 10th with 0.22 aces per set and DeMeo ranked fifth with 1.27 blocks per set and 10th with a .289 hitting percentage.
It was the 2017 season when the Mountaineers made their mark in the record book. The 2017 campaign marked the first time in 26 years the Mountaineers made the postseason, with WVU reaching the NIVC Semifinals. West Virginia also won three of its last four Big 12 Conference matches, upsetting No. 14 Kansas in the regular-season finale for its first-ever win over a top-25 team.
West Virginia finished the 2017 campaign in fifth place for the first time since joining the league in 2012. Additionally, West Virginia’s 21-13 record is only the second time in program history the Mountaineers have won 20 or more matches since their move to big-time volleyball in the Big East in 1995. With 21 wins in 2017, Sunahara earned his highest win total as coach of the Mountaineers.
Chuck Crawford enters his third season at the helm of the Blue Raider volleyball program for the 2019 season. Crawford, who has extensive experience in premiere collegiate volleyball, is the 11th head coach in program history.
In the 2018 season, Crawford continued to help the Blue Raider program grow, coaching the team to the highest number of kills (1,180), digs (1,359) and assists (1,098) the program has seen in the past four seasons. Similarly, under the helm of Crawford, Bailey Mason earned the program’s first Conference USA All-Conference second team nomination, marking the first time a Blue Raider has earned a C-USA conference post-season honor in three seasons. Likewise, Crawford aided in mentoring Brienna Tankesley to earn her first C-USA All-Academic team nomination, marking the second player to receive this honor under his helm. The team’s academic focus greatly improved under the direction of Crawford as the team recorded a 3.76 team GPA in the spring, the highest GPA of the program’s history.
During his first season as head coach, Crawford was determined to change the culture and the direction of the program throughout the first season. Crawford greatly improved the team’s serving, helping the squad earn the most service aces (171) and service aces per set (1.64) in the Blue Raider 25-point era. The most improved player from the service line was Dora Peonia, who inked 44 aces on the season to top the program charts in total service aces in a single season since 2007. Likewise, the team earned the first AVCA Academic Team Award in program history under the helm of Crawford.
Crawford came to Murfreesboro from Auburn where he served as an assistant for three seasons. While on The Plains, Crawford’s responsibilities included defensive game planning along with scouting and assisting with recruiting and development. Crawford aided in picking the 2018 Auburn recruiting class, which was ranked the seventh-best incoming group in the nation, the best-rated recruiting class in Auburn history. Likewise, Crawford trained and recruited Auburn’s Mica Allison, who won the NORCECA Continental Championship gold medal along with her U.S. Junior National Team, and Jessie Earle, who was the first Tiger in program history to earn All-American honors. With the Tigers, Crawford also helped lead wins against No. 10 Florida and No. 21 Arkansas.
Crawford coached an All-SEC selection and a pair of AVCA All-South Region honorable mentions at Auburn in 2015. Off the court, Crawford also mentored an SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, a CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2014 and 2015 and eight members of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
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