COLCHESTER, Vt. - A squad that returns the vast majority of its offensive power meets eight 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifiers on an ambitious schedule this fall. Ten veterans comprise an experienced corps that welcomes four newcomers to the fold.
Head Coach: Jesse Carpenter (2nd year as head coach; 6th year with program)
Assistant Coach: Matt Vosburgh (5th year)
2016 Overall Record: 3-16
2016 Northeast-10 Conference Record: 1-13
With 10 veterans, team returns at least 10 players for third consecutive season ... set school record with 20.2 digs per set last year ... each of top five in kills return ... players who accounted for 83.9 percent of the team's kills and 79.6 percent of its attacks are back ... only 41.8 percent of digs included among returners ... 19 of Purple Knights' 48 set losses came by five points or fewer, including nine by the minimum two points.
Saint Michael's begins its season this weekend at the Gannon (Pa.) University/Mercyhurst (Pa.) University Invitational, taking on four teams - Gannon, Mercyhurst, the University of Findlay (Ohio) and Hillsdale (Mich.) College - that made a combined 23 NCAA Tournament appearances since 2004 ... the Purple Knights open their home slate versus Middlebury College on Sept. 19 and begin NE10 play three days later at Bentley University ... after playing four of five matches on the road, Saint Michael's finishes the regular season by hosting four of its final five matches ... between Oct. 21 and Nov. 10, four of the Purple Knights' five matches occur against 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifiers in Adelphi University, American International College, Le Moyne College and the University of New Haven. AIC advanced to the Elite 8 ... the top eight teams in the final standings qualify for the NE10 Championship, which begins on Nov. 14.
- Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville), libero/defensive specialist | captain | 19 matches | 196 digs | 6 service aces
- McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke), 5-foot-10 middle hitter | 19 matches | 110 kills | 36 blocks (team leader) | 9 service aces
- Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover), right-side hitter | 19 matches | 127 kills | 47 digs
- Abby Blanchet (Milford, N.H./Milford), defensive specialist | did not appear in any matches
- Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer), 5-foot-9 right-side hitter | 19 matches | 149 kills (team leader) | 84 digs | 11 blocks
- Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), setter | captain | 15 matches | 230 assists | 13 service aces (team leader) | 89 digs
- Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls), outside hitter | 2 matches | 4 kills
- Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford), 5-foot-9 outside hitter | 18 matches | 112 kills | 77 digs
- Marina DeMild (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial), outside hitter | 1 match | 1 kill
- Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), 5-foot-11 middle hitter | 17 matches | 83 kills | 13 blocks