After graduating one senior from the 2018 squad that qualified for post-season for the first time in program history, the Wesley College volleyball team is prepared and ready for year two of the Atlantic East Conference.
"We have been working hard in the off-season, preparing to bring in this class of five freshman and build that chemistry with them" said fifth-year head coach Lindsay Beiler.
The Wolverines return the all-time assist leader in the programs history, senior setter Lindsay Burg. Burg comes into her senior year with 1541 assists, averaging 5.3 assists per set. Also making her way into the record books is junior Caelli Clifford. Clifford currently has 936 digs, and holds the program record of 505 in a single season.
Junior outside hitter, Regan Healey, was named to the All-conference team last season, leading the team with total points (307.5) and kills (256) and finished second on the team in digs (382). In the Atlantic East, she finished seventh in total points, kills and digs.
In the Atlantic East Conference preseason rankings, the Wolverines were picked fourth in the conference with 21 points. Cabrini picked up 34 points and four first-place votes in the poll to finish first, 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.
"We have a great mix of veterans and freshmen this year, and I'm expecting great things from all of them. Our hitters have really been working on swing mechanics, timing, and placement. Our setters have been working on running a quicker offense and consistency, and our defensive players have been working hard to never let the ball hit the floor. We are excited to open up the season with the Virginia Wesleyan Tournament this weekend followed by the Catholic tournament the following weekend. Our whole month of September is really going to prepare us for strong conference play!" said Coach Beiler.
Wesley opens the season on Friday when they begin play in the two-day tournament at Virginia Wesleyan University. Wesley will take on the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College and the Wildcats of Randolph College.