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.
The Gustavus volleyball team’s dream season came to an end in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as the Gusties lost in four sets to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire by scores of 13-25, 25-17, 20-25 and 26-28. Gustavus battled all the way to the end, but came up short to finish the season with a remarkable 27-3 record.
For the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2008, the Gustavus volleyball team is making an appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. The Gusties (27-2) received the No. 2 seed in the Whitewater, Wis. regional and are set to face the No. 7 seed University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (26-9) at 3 p.m. Thursday at Russell Arena.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Monday morning announced the 64-team field for its Division III Volleyball Championship and Gustavus (27-2) is selected to face the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (26-9) in the first round at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
It was battle to the end with both teams giving it their all on every volley Saturday night, but when the final point was recorded it was the Gustavus volleyball team that came out on top as the MIAC Playoff champions, defeating Bethel University in four sets 25-20, 25-21, 20-25 and 26-24.
After a convincing straight-set victory over Saint Mary’s on Thursday night in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Semifinals, the top-seeded Gustavus volleyball team is primed and ready to host No. 2-seed Bethel University for the conference championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Royals reached the title match with a 3-1 win over Saint Benedict.