Abby Bertics ’15 was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) New England Region Player of the Year earning a spot on the AVCA All-Region Team and was selected to the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) All-New England First Team. This caps an awesome career at M.I.T during which she made the AVCA All-Region team four times! She also was selected to the AVCA All-America Third Team and earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. (CoSIDA).
The M.I.T. Engineers had a 25-5 record for the 2018 campaign. Abby led Division III volleyball with 4.97 kills per set and ranked fifth in all NCAA divisions. She led the NEWMAC with 437 kills and was fifth in hitting at .304. Check out these links for more details about her illustrious career for the Engineers here
Andrew Chun ‘16, George Hagestad ‘18 and Zack LaGrange ‘16 played on the Stanford men’s water polo squad that won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship in a 12-10 victory over Cal Berkeley. This took them to the NCAA Championship where they defeated by UCSD 16-7 for a chance to compete in the national championship against perennial rival USC. Unfortunately, a Cardinal rally fell short and the Trojans eked out the win 14-12 on Dec. 2 at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center. Despite this tight loss the Bishop’s trio had one heck of an experience! Read more about the experience here
Bulla Graft ’15 was a Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Conference first-team selection for the William Jewell (Liberty, Missouri) Cardinals. For the season, he averaged greater than 19 yards per kick and 15 yards per punt return. He also amassed 390 yards receiving and 112 rushing yards, scoring three touchdowns for the Cardinals. Read more about his selection here
Chicago is a toddlin’ town for Jeffrey Jackson ’18 who played in seven games as a freshman quarterback for Mr. Rockefeller’s university. The University of Chicago Maroons had a 7-2 season garnering 11 selections to the Midwest Conference (MWC) All-Conference team. Leading that pack was Jeffrey (first team) who set a school record with a 64.5-percent completion rate. He finished the season with 12 touchdowns and 1,195 yards through the air. He also gained 202 yards on the ground, scoring another two touchdowns! Not bad for a freshman. Can’t wait to see what his career will bring!
Brother Jacob Jackson ’18 was also a bright light on the Miracle Mile with an impressive freshman year. According to the U of Chicago’s calculation, “Jackson quickly established himself as the Maroons' favorite aerial target, hauling in 59 passes for 769 yards and six scores.” He also made the All-MWC second team. The Jackson faction keeps bringing it on! Read more here
Rhiann Holman ’16, a junior midfielder for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas, was named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) All-Conference first-team women’s soccer squad. This was her second year in a row to earn the honor. She led the Athenas in scoring for the 2018 campaign with 10 goals and three assists. Rhiann’s 10 goals and 23 points both led the SCIAC this season. Check out more on her selection here
Daisy Holthus ’17 played a part in the Cornell Big Red women’s sailing team winning its first ever MAISA conference championship at home in Ithaca, New York on Cayuga Lake. This win came on day after claiming the No. 6 position. Read more about Cornell’s sailing success here
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York announced that field hockey player Emma Lewis ’17 earned a place on the Liberty League Fall All-Academic Team. Emma is majoring in mechanical engineering and is one of four Californians on the list of 88. Read more about the selection here.
Wellesley College recently featured Ashley Peng ’15 in their November Student-Athlete Spotlight. Check out their great article
and interview with Ashley in which she talks about her experience in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and her talented and widely varied endeavors in volleyball, school, internships and music. The Blues put together a 21-7 record in 2018 and earned a return trip to the NCAA’s losing to Babson 3-0 in the Regional Semi-final. For an overview of the team’s season, check out the Wellesley Women’s Volleyball season schedule
. Here is Ashley’s bio
At Bard College, nestled in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York., Zach Pilarski ’18 has already made his mark. As a freshman for the Raptors soccer team, he was one of two players to start all 17 games. He also led the team in minutes played with 1,533 and added an assist in a key 2-0 win over SUNY Delhi. The team had a tough year with a 3-13-1 record, but given Zach’s time on the pitch, he never gave an inch.
Lucy Rickerson ’17 has continued her top play for the Princeton Tigers for a second year. She has been an All-Ivy selection twice, this year on the first team. She also earned a place on the United Soccer Coaches All-Region second team. Lucy also got to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Texas Tech. Nationally ranked No. 21 Princeton lost 3-0, but getting to the Division I NCAA tourney is lights out! Read more
on Lucy’s, for the NCAA tourney, see Lucy battling Texas Tech here
and check out Lucy’s career story here
At Yale, Kate Swanson ’15 closed out her career as team captain, Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and as a member of the All-Ivy First Team. She entered the NCAA Tournament with 386 total digs (currently ninth highest single-season total in program history) and fifth-highest single-season average in digs per set in Yale volleyball history (4.95). Yale won the Ivy League title for the first time since 2013. Nice going away present for Kate! See more about these honors here
. The team went on to play Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, losing 3-0. Kate had 12 digs in this contest and closed out her career with 1,503 digs, third all-time at the school. For details on their NCAA experience and a post-game interview where Kate participates read here
.Chris Alleyne '15 (first-team All-Ivy League pick), Jeffrey and Jacob Jackson were also featured for their exploits in football in this San Diego Uunion-Tribune article profiling prolific San Diego natives.