Women's Volleyball |
Aug. 23, 2007
This is part three of a three-part series previewing the Bearcats' volleyball team. In part three, you will meet the Bearcats' middle blockers.
The Bearcats return their top player in the middle, but the loss of a four-year starter will leave the team inexperienced entering 2007.
Jessie Nevitt has proven to be a star during her two years as a Bearcat, earning a pair of first team all-BIG EAST and honorable mention All-American awards. She is a talented player both offensively (3.25 kills per game) and defensively (BIG EAST-leading 1.68 blocks per game). Another year of experience should make Nevitt an even bigger force on the court this fall.
Myanna Hellsten remains with the UC program, but moves from a starter in the middle to an assistant coach. Replacing Hellsten in the middle will fall to a pair of relative newcomers to the fold.
Jami Torok has been with the program for the past two seasons, but has seen action in just seven matches. The junior made huge improvements during the spring season and will be counted on for big contributions.
Another option in the middle is Lindsay Upton. The Cincinnati native was a first team all-Ohio selection as a prep and should be an impact player for the Bearcats. Upton's brother A.J. is also a Bearcat, pitching for the UC baseball team.
By season's end, the Bearcats may be able to turn to Katey Schroeder for help in the middle. The sophomore was injured during the spring season and won't be ready for the start of the 2007 campaign.