All four scored in the Top 10 percent of their respective sports’ APR
Phillip White Promoted to Associate Head Coach, Kevin Carroll Added as Assistant Coach
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The University of Cincinnati volleyball team celebrated senior day with a 3-0 win over Houston on Nov. 19, 2016.
The University of Cincinnati volleyball team won a thrilling 3-2 victory over UConn on Oct. 21 at Fifth Third Arena.
The University of Cincinnati volleyball team swept USF 3-0 on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Fifth Third Arena.
The University of Cincinnati volleyball team faced Tennessee in the opening match of the 2016 season in Knoxville, Tenn.
The University of Cincinnati volleyball team beat USF 3-1 on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Fifth Third Arena.
Molly Alvey was named the 12th head coach of the University of Cincinnati volleyball program on Feb. 15, 2012.
She completed her most prolific season as a head coach in 2016, earning American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors and leading her team into the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats finished the season with a 22-10 record and a 17-3 mark in conference play, good for a second-place finish. Cincinnati earned the first NCAA at-large bid in American history when it was drawn into the Gainesville regional for the first round to face No. 16 Florida State.
During the 2016-17 season, Alvey guided the team to a top-25 win at Wichita State as well as three wins over teams in the RPI top-50. The Bearcats finished the season ranked No. 38 in the RPI, up 17 spots from the beginning of the season and 121 spots from the final rankings of 2014. Additionally, UC completed two streaks of 10 consecutive set victories, a feat which had previously not been accomplished since 2010.
Led by Alvey’s coach of the year honor, the UC volleyball team collected seven postseason conference awards in 2016, the most for the team since 2001. Sophomores Jordan Thompson and Jade Tingelhoff were named the Player and Setter of the Year, respectively, while both were named to the All-Conference First Team along with classmate Carly Nolan. Senior Ciara Hill picked up Second Team All-Conference honors. Thompson continued her awards haul when she was named AVCA All-North Region and Honorable Mention All-America.
During her fourth season at UC in 2015-16, Alvey led the Bearcats to a third-place finish in The American with a 21-10 overall record and a 13-7 mark in league play. She guided a young team that included Thompson, the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference honoree, and Nolan, another First Team all-league selection. Additionally, senior Emma Roberson earned First Team Academic All-America accolades to lead the team to a strong semester in the classroom, earning a collective 3.3 GPA and the AVCA Team Academic Award.
Prior to the 2015 season, Alvey received acclaim from Prep Volleyball with the nation’s 26th-best recruiting class, including Thompson and Tinglehoff, ranked Nos. 44 and 96, respectively. It was the first UC recruiting class recognized by Prep Volleyball since the 2010 class was named to the honorable mention list.
The 2014-15 school year was a record-breaking year for the volleyball team in the classroom. Under Alvey’s guidance the team posted a 3.475 GPA, including a department-high 3.648 during the spring semester. The top marks earned the Bearcats the AVCA Team Academic Award for the second time since 2013. Additionally in 2014, the head coach mentored junior right side hitter Roberson to Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honors.
In 2012, during her first year at the helm of the program, Alvey led Cincinnati to a fifth-place finish in the BIG EAST standings and its eighth consecutive bid to the BIG EAST Championship where it advanced to the semifinal round for the fourth straight year. Alvey guided her team through a tough schedule, playing 11 matches against teams ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Coaches' poll, and two others against teams receiving votes.
That season, Alvey tutored senior All-American Jordanne Scott, a unanimous pick to the All-BIG EAST First Team, as well as the AVCA All-Northeast Region First Team and the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention team. Seniors Becca Refenes and Emily Hayden and junior Emmi MacIntyre were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2012.
Alvey came to Cincinnati with three years of head coaching experience, including two season at the University of Houston in 2010 and 2011, and a one-year stint at NCAA DII Southern Indiana in 2004.
Alvey's 2011 Cougars were ranked as high as 38th in the AVCA RPI while her 2010 team finished third in CUSA, earning the school’s first top-three finish since 2005. During her two seasons at Houston, she mentored five student-athletes who earned a total of seven conference postseason awards. Lucy Charuk was a two-time All-Conference USA First Team selection in 2010 and 2011 and went on to earn AVCA All-Region and Third Team All-America honors in both seasons under Alvey’s tutelage. Charuk also earned a spot on the Canadian national team during the summer of 2010.
Not only did Alvey have success on the court in her time at UH, but she also guided the program to a 3.37 GPA during the 2010-11 academic year, the highest departmental GPA and the best in program history, earning the squad the AVCA Team Academic Award.
Prior to Houston, Alvey spent five seasons at the University of Mississippi, including the final two seasons as associate head coach. During her five-year tenure in Oxford, Alvey was part of a coaching staff that guided Ole Miss to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.
In that time, Alvey was responsible for coaching two-time All-SEC setter Rachel Kieckhaefer who also picked up AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention honors as a junior. She also played a part in developing All-SEC selection Jaclyn Toohey as well as SEC All-Freshman selections Jackie Jones, Regina Thomas and Whitney Craven. As recruiting coordinator, Alvey helped secure the nation's 23rd-ranked recruiting class in 2009.
In 2006, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history while tying the school record for conference wins in a season with 10. Ole Miss then advanced to the NCAA tournament for a second-straight season in 2007 with a 25-9 mark on the year and a record-setting 14 wins in SEC play. The Rebels finished third in the league and second in the western division that season while posting the first 20-win season since 1989.
Alvey spent the 2004 season as the head coach at the University of Southern Indiana, leading the Screaming Eagles to Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular-season and tournament titles en route to the program's second-ever NCAA Division II National Championship tournament berth. In her time at USI, Alvey coached two all-region selections and the program's second All-America selection, Laura Ellerbusch.
She began her career at Temple University in 2001 where she spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach. She was part of a program that posted an overall record of 72-25 (.742), claimed an Atlantic 10 Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2002. Alvey was a part of a staff that coached A-10 Player of the Year Xu Yun in 2002 and two-time A-10 Setter of the Year Allison Runk in 2002 and 2003. The Owls featured eight first-team all-conference selections during her tenure. While at TU, Alvey earned her MBA in international business administration.
Alvey played volleyball and basketball at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, earning her bachelor's degree in economics in 2001. Alvey lettered all four seasons as a setter for the volleyball team and held the school's career record for assists (4,340) until 2004. She helped her team to an 82-59 overall record during her career, earning all-conference honors as a junior and senior. As part of the basketball team she was an all-conference selection at point guard as a senior and held the single-season three-point percentage record at .456. Alvey was inducted into the Center College Athletics Hall of Fame in October of 2016.