Volleyball - Girls' Varsity

The Marianapolis varsity volleyball team began the 2018-19 season transformed, after saying goodbye to 9 seniors last year (and 9 additional seniors the year prior!). With just six returners to the highest level of its program, the new squad of 14 had a tremendous amount of work to do to catch up to varsity rotations and pace – all while becoming a group of peers with deep mutual work ethic, respect, and camaraderie.

The season wouldn’t have witnessed its successes without four young women who stepped up as first-time setters: senior captain Lily Madden, junior Mary Wall, and sophomores Jessie Calkins and Brianne Rett. Madden and Wall set the bar high for repetitions and focus (as well as ruthless serves with sometimes impossible spin); they anchored the starting rotation for much of the fall. They also yielded minutes and sets to our sophomores, however, whose poise and versatility among veterans (and impressively broad court coverage) built a seasoned, game-ready arsenal of setters for ’19-’20 and beyond.

What fueled Marianapolis’ net play was flexibility. Senior captain Madi Webber had come up through the ranks as a middle hitter, but a pragmatic approach to defense often slid her over to OH; her ruthless serves were a fixture of the team’s offense. Senior captain Jocelyn Madden evolved to have the most consistent attack-to-kill ratio on the outside, but she was ready to meet the needs of the team where it was, putting in time with defensive specialty and on-call serving for parts of the season as well. Senior Kelly Heney translated the team’s most statistically reliable serve under pressure to a dependability throughout the rotation, including setter-targeted passing from the back and increasingly deadly swings from the 4. Returning 6’ powerhouse Juliette Golden was a force from the middle, throwing up blocks and putting down hits that quieted opponents; she began the season splitting the rotation with back row specialists, but became a full rotation asset (and a nasty 25’ topspin server). Newcomer Caroline King had the most experience with outside hitting, but her quick hands and massive vertical positioned her as the ideal opposite for Golden at the 3. Coming up from JV was Abby Boria, who immediately hit the floor in a libero jersey and added a nasty back row swing to the MPrep offensive; Becky Jalbert, who brought a tough serve, quick feet to digs, and consistency on tip coverage; and Courtney Fleming, whose unflinching back row defense pushed the squad to “find the floor.” Jumping into volleyball for the first time were junior Yasmeen Osborne, whose finesse at the net and targeted passing became practically effortless by November, as well as Caroline Gardiner, whose unmatched hustle progressed into calculated tips, big saves on the floor, and loud blocks. Gardiner won the team’s in-house “Game Ball” award, recognizing zealous commitment to the program, innate passion for self-improvement, and a readiness to do whatever was needed - putting team above self.

Webber and King were named 2018-2019 NEPSGVA All-Stars; Webber was an honorable mention for NEPSAC All-League honors. Marianapolis Knights of the Week this season were Gardiner, Wall, and Fleming.

The MPrep team chemistry came together for memorable wins, including a 3-0 road victory against Rhode Island rival Portsmouth Abbey early in September. The close-of-season contest against Bancroft School avenged an earlier at-home loss to the Worcester opponent. Marianapolis closed out an epic 3-2 nail-biter against NEPSAC powerhouse Ethel Walker on the road, and earned the roar of its home crowd after closing out a 3-1 route versus Wilbraham & Monson.

The team is extremely sad to say goodbye to its extraordinary five seniors, and looks forward – for the first time in a long time – to retaining – nine exceptional athletes for its 2019-2020 season.

 

 

 

 
Record: 4-14

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
Bancroft Jamboree
Bancroft School Away Details
vs.
Cushing Academy
Cushing Academy Away Details Loss 3-2
vs.
Pomfret School
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Suffield Academy
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Portsmouth Abbey
Portsmouth Abbey Away Details Win 3-0
vs.
Kingswood-Oxford School
Kingswood-Oxford School Away Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Hamden Hall
Hamden Hall Away Details Loss 3-2
vs.
Concord Academy
Concord Academy Away Details Loss 3-0 CHANGED: This event has changed.
vs.
Bancroft School
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-2 CHANGED: This event has changed.
vs.
Ethel Walker School
Ethel Walker School Away Details Win 3-2
vs.
Winchendon School
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-0
vs.
The Rivers School
Rivers School Away Details Loss 3-0
vs.
MacDuffie School
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Worcester Academy
Worcester Academy Away Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Middlesex School
Middlesex School Away Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
MPrep Home Details Win 3-1
vs.
Tabor Academy
MPrep Home Details Loss 3-0
vs.
Bancroft School
Bancroft School Away Details Win 3-2 POSTPONED: TBD

Roster

Roster

# Name Class
5 Abigail Boria 2021
13 Jessie Calkins 2021
11 Courtney Fleming 2021
7 Caroline Gardiner 2020
12 Juliette Golden 2020
4 Kelly Heney 2019
9 Rebecca Jalbert 2019
8 Caroline King 2021
M Quan Le 2019
1 Jocelyn Madden 2019
2 Lily Madden 2019
6 Yasmeen Osborne 2020
18 Brianne Rett 2021
3 Mary Wall 2020
10 Madison Webber 2019

Coaches

Coaches

  • Fs 2Emily Schäfer
    Head Coach

    Emily Schäfer is the Director of Summer Programs and is beginning her second year as Head Coach for Varsity Volleyball. She lives on campus with husband and fellow MPrep faculty Mr. Schäfer, their two-year-old daughter Zoë, and their two cats. Mrs. Schäfer has worked in independent boarding schools for 13 years. Before beginning her career, Mrs. Schäfer studied abroad in Cork, Ireland and earned B.A.s in English Literature and Creative Writing. Prior to joining the Marianapolis community, Mrs. Schäfer taught English, was an Assistant Director of Admission, and directed a Girl Scout overnight camp. Entering her eighth year as a Golden Knight, Mrs. Schäfer is the proud Director of Camp Stonewall, where she works alongside Marianapolis faculty, alumni, and students to "make history" with the summer camp team. She is particularly proud that the 2019 Varsity Volleyball captains are all veterans of the CSW staff.

  • Fac 310Caitlin Dembkowski
    Assistant Coach

    Mrs. Dembkowski (dem-cow-ski) teaches art and is chair of the visual arts department.  This will be my 6th year as an assistant volleyball coach, and my 8th year teaching.  What I appreciate most about volleyball is that it requires positive and consistent communication on the court and from the bench. Together we can have a great season playing our hardest and lifting each other up with unconditional positive regard and respect.