UST Volleyball Releases 2022 Schedule
The University of St. Thomas-Houston Volleyball team released its fall 2022 schedule. The season will consist of 32 games, 16 of which are Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) matchups. Fourteen matchups will take place at home in the Jerebeck Activity and Athletics Center (JAAC).
The Celts will start the season in the JAAC on September 1 against East Texas Baptist University, followed by their Labor Day Weekend Tournament featuring teams from all over the country. Shortly afterward, they will compete and host the First Responder's Tournament on September 9 & 10.
In the SCAC, St. Thomas will take on the nationally touted No.18 Southwestern University, No.14 Colorado College and No.5 Trinity University. Trinity advanced all the way to the 2021 national quarterfinals before falling to Calvin University in five sets.
6 Capable Seniors Lead
Six seniors will lead the Celts in their highly competitive schedule. This includes senior MB Paige Havel; the NCAA Division III leader in blocks per set, RS Alyssa Ajlouny; S Alaina Lanik; OH Trinity Atkins; OH Caelie Jebson; and DS Priscilla Pham.
Havel picked up SCAC All-Conference honors for her stellar play throughout last season. Offensively, she led her team with 240 total kills and 2.18 kills per set. Defensively, she totaled 177 total blocks, generating a total of 362.5 total points.
In addition, returning will be SCAC All-Conference performer DS Ally Peters. She ranked fourth overall at 4.42 digs per set and will look to build upon her success anchoring the Celt's back row sharing libero duties with fellow sophomore Kara Spice.
Coach Burt at the Helm
Head Coach Keanne Burt returns for her ninth season at the helm coming off her first SCAC tournament appearance in 2021. She was responsible for helping guide St. Thomas volleyball into full National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III membership. With this, the Celts are now eligible to compete in NCAA National Tournaments.
“We've had some time to get to know our conference and opponents we face,” Coach Burt added. "The time is now to step in and prove the program we are capable of being. We are excited to compete and make a name for ourselves as we go through the final stages of the NCAA transition."
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