The Gustavus volleyball team split the opening day at the Loras College Invitational Friday in Dubuque, Iowa. The Gusties (5-2, 0-0 MIAC) began the day falling to Cornell College 2-3 but then defeated No. 13 ranked Carthage College 3-2.
Playing in front of its home crowd for the first time this season, the Gustavus volleyball team didn’t disappoint, treating the fans to a straight-set victory (25-20, 25-17, 25-21) over Martin Luther College on Wednesday, improving to 4-1 overall.
The Gustavus volleyball team capped the Elmhurst Tournament with a pair of victories Saturday, defeating North Park 3-0 followed by a 3-1 win over Benedictine to improve to 3-1 overall.
The Gustavus volleyball team kicked off its 2016 season Friday at the Elmhurst Tournament and split the first two games. The Gusties dropped a five-set heartbreaker to No. 18-ranked Elmhurst in game one, which ended 18-16 in the final set, and then bounced back with a five-set victory over No. 14 UW-Whitewater.
Coming off the greatest season over the past three decades of Gustavus volleyball, this season’s Gustie squad is looking forward with the goal of writing a new successful chapter in the program’s history. The Gusties open their 2016 campaign tomorrow at the Elmhurst Tournament where they’ll play four games in two days.
Recent Gustavus Adolphus College graduate Alyssa Taylor (Trimont, Minn.) has been selected as a candidate for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Taylor was a standout middle hitter for the Gustie volleyball team, earning AVCA Third Team All-America honors in 2015 as well as MIAC Player-of-the-Year.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honored the league’s top performers in athletics and in the classroom with the announcement of the 2015 Fall Academic All-Conference Teams on Friday.
2015 was another year filled with conference championships, national tournament appearances and spectacular individual performances both on and off the field of play for Gustavus athletics. Here's a look back at numerous highlight events that occurred throughout the year...
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday announced its 35th annual All-America teams for NCAA Division III and Gustavus Adolphus College senior middle hitter Alyssa Taylor (Trimont, Minn.) has been named to the Third Team. Taylor becomes just the fifth Gustie to earn All-America honors, and first since 1986, in the 47-year history of the program. Taylor joins Amy LeClaire-Sachs (1984) Linn Erickson (1985, ’86), Valerie Flom (1985, ’86) and Deborah Jungwirth (1986) as the only Gusties to be named All-America.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its Division III Regional Awards on Thursday and three Gusties were honored. Rachelle Sherden was named Central Region Coach of the Year, while Alyssa Taylor (Sr., Trimont, Minn.) was named All-Region as a middle blocker and Nora Holtan (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) was named Honorable Mention and the Central Region Freshman of the Year.