Volleyball Hosts Trio of CAA Foes on Fall Break
Updated: Wednesday 10/08/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary volleyball team will take advantage of Fall Break this weekend to play three matches at Kaplan Arena.  The Tribe will take on UNCW on Friday night and College of Charleston on Saturday, both at 7 p.m., before welcoming Delaware on Monday at 2 p.m.

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Scouting the Tribe
W&M is 7-10 overall, and 1-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association after a pair of tough losses at home last weekend.  Senior Dessi Koleva (Torrance, Calif.) ranks highly on several conference lists, including eighth in hitting percentage (.283), ninth in kills (3.12 per set) and 10th in points (3.44 per set) against CAA opponents.  Classmate Carolyn Albright (Raleigh, N.C.) is fifth in the league with a .299 attack percentage, and redshirt-junior Michelle Heath (Rustburg, Va.) is seventh with 0.25 aces per set.  Rounding out the ranked players, junior Kristen Larrick (Bethesda, Md.) is seventh against conference teams with 1.0 blocks per set, and sophomore Sara Zumbach (Franklin, Tenn.) ranks third with 4.22 digs per set.

Scouting the Seahawks
UNCW is 12-4 on the year and 3-1 in league play, losing only to Hofstra 3-2 last weekend.  Nicole Lott is the offensive leader with 3.68 kills per set, as well as 0.83 blocks per set.  Defensively, Anna Moss (1.56 blocks per set) and Meredith Peacock (1.34 blocks per set) are two of the top players in the CAA at the net, and Lindsay Hartmann has 4.27 digs per set.

Scouting the Cougars
Charleston enters the weekend at 9-8 overall and 1-2 in the CAA, falling to Hofstra and UNCW.  Melissa Morello is a bright spot for the Cougars, averaging 3.71 kills per set, and Kayla Tronick has 0.98 blocks per set on the other side of the net.  In the backcourt, Britney Vallez is averaging 4.03 digs per set.

Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware is 8-9 on the year, and still hunting for its first conference win at 0-4.  Katie Hillman and Autumn Jenkins are separated by just a single kill, at 2.64 kills per set and 2.63 per set, respectively, and Alexa Swann is both third in kills (2.27 per set) and leading in blocks (1.06 per set).  Ariel Shonk meanwhile has 5.15 digs per set.

The Series
- The Tribe is 49-8 all-time against.UNCW, the most wins against any other opponent in school history.  The Seahawks have been on a tear recently, winning seven of the last nine matches in the series since 2011, with W&M's last win coming 3-2 in Williamsburg in 2013.

- W&M is 0-5 all-time against the College of Charleston, but has signs of improvement nonetheless.  After losing the first three matchs 3-0, the Tribe claimed sets in both matches last fall, and had several others that were within three points.

- The Tribe is 12-21 all-time against the Blue Hens, with its last win coming 3-2 on the road in 2013.  The last time W&M won at home was in 2006.

News and Notes
- Against JMU, Koleva became the third player in school history with 1,000+ kills and 1,000+ digs in her career, joining Hall-of-Famers Heidi Erpelding '89 and Jennifer Torns '92 as the only players in school history with the "double-quadruple."  Koleva is also just the ninth player ever to surpass 1,000 kills, and the first since Erin Skipper '11.

- Albright is now just 18 blocks away from 400 in her career, a mark only three other players in school history have ever met.  Against this weekend's set of opponents, she is averaging 1.14 blocks per set, which means she could surpass the milestone this week.

- This is the first of three-straight weekends that W&M will be playing in Kaplan Arena.

- Koleva was named to the all-tournament team at the AU Eagle Invitational, her third all-tournament honor in four events this season.

- Heather Pippus (Lake Oswego, Ore.) closed out the weekend in D.C. with a bang, with 17 kills and 20 digs in the win over UMBC.  Her 17 kills were the most for a Tribe freshman since Koleva hit the same mark in 2012.

- At the ECU Pirate Invitational, both Koleva and Pippus earned all-tournament honors.

- Mallory Brickerd (Ashburn, Va.) was named to the all-tournament team at Army, after leading W&M in kills, aces, and points on the weekend.

- Over the weekend at Army, Koleva became the eighth player in school history with 1,000+ digs in her career.

- Albright is 27 blocks away from becoming just the fourth player ever to surpass 400 blocks in school history.

- W&M's 1.41 aces per set is the best mark for the Tribe since 2004 and ranks third in the CAA.  Junior Gabrielle Pe (Virginia Beach, Va.) is seventh in the league individually, with 0.30 aces per set, and Koleva is ninth at 0.29 aces per set.

- After the season opening victory at the Tribe Invitational, W&M has now won five of its last eight home tournaments.

- Zumbach was named the MVP of the Tribe Invitational, while Koleva and Albright also joined her on the all-tournament team.

- W&M leads the CAA in returning all-conference players with three; Koleva, Heath, and Zumbach.

- Coach Shelton is just six wins away from 100 at W&M.  She was also the head coach at Virginia for 13 years, amassing 235 wins there.