DOVER, Del. – After graduating one of the best classes in program history, the Wesley College volleyball team is prepared to reload in their inaugural season in the Atlantic East Conference.
"We have a good group of girls ready to step up and fill the shoes of the girls that graduated last year," said fourth-year head coach Lindsay Beiler.
The Wolverines return a pair of reliable setters in senior Teaghen Vogelsang and junior Lindsay Burg. Burg ranked ninth in the Capital Athletic Conference in assists (526) and also collected 179 digs. Vogelsang was 13th in Wesley's former conference in assists with 360 helpers.
"Teaghen and Lindsay both have leadership qualities to help the underclassmen. Teaghen continues to work on perfecting plays and calling them at the most opportune times while Lindsay has developed her setting and has built in a stronger, more consistent serve in the offseason."
The backline of the Wesley rotation is also in good hands with the return of sophomore libero Caelli Clifford, who broke the program's single-season digs record as a freshman with 505 digs in 2017. Clifford also led the team in service aces (32).
"My teammates help me out a lot to help me get better on defense," stated Clifford. "Whenever we have time before and after practice, they hit at me, so it helps me be prepared for games."
Looking to step up on the attacking line for the Wolverines is juniors Elisa Hackendorn and Morgan Tomme, sophomores Regan Healey, Mary Getty and Nya Lightfoot. Healey tallied 85 digs and 45 kills while Hackendorn recorded 44 kills last season.
"Everyone has improved in the offseason and the preseason. Regan is a firecracker of an outside hitter and just in general, she is always talking and getting her team pumped up, and she reminds me a lot of myself when I was a player. Nya and Mary have really worked on their swing and that has led to a successful preseason."
In the Atlantic East Conference preseason rankings, the Wolverines were picked fourth in the conference with 20 points. Cabrini picked up 34 points and four first-place votes in the poll to finish first in the preseason poll while Marymount was slated to finish second in the conference with the remaining three first-place votes and 30 points. Neumann was picked just ahead of Wesley in the poll with 26 points.
Wesley opens the season on Friday when they begin play in the two-day Greyhound Premiere Invitational at Moravian College. Wesley will take on the Swarthmore Garnet and Baldwin Wallace Yellowjackets to open the tournament.