2012 Volleyball Outlook

Fresh off of their best finish under head coach Toni Elyea in 2012, the Saint Mary's volleyball team is ready to achieve even more in 2013.

A group of talented, seasoned veteran players look to lead the Belles to their first berth in the top-four only MIAA Tournament since the conference reconfigured the league tournament three seasons ago. Among that group are juniors Kati Schneider '15, Melanie Kuczek '15, and Meredith Mersits '15.

Schneider was a two-time MIAA Position Player of the week and an All-MIAA First Team selection last fall after a strong sophomore season. With rising sophomore Katie Hecklinski '16 complementing her on the outside attack, the duo combined for more than 600 kills. Kuczek was the team’s leading blocker and was second in total kills a year ago. Mersits was strong on defense in her first season as the starting libero with more than 280 digs in 2012.

Fellow juniors Samantha Grady '15, Taylor Etzell '15, and Brooke Fowler '15 all made big impacts on the court in 2012 and look to continue to push the Belles to new heights in 2013. Grady had more than 200 digs and was one of five players in 2012 to post at least 30 service aces. Etzell saw time in each of the Belles' 105 sets and was fourth in kills last season. Fowler made an appearance in a majority of the team’s matches last fall and was a consistent attack presence on the outside with the fifth-best attack percentage among players competing in at least 18 matches last season.

Along with a strong incoming group of student-athletes, the Belles look to break into the top four in the highly-competitive MIAA for the first time since the 2008 season.