Date Posted:09/06/2005,  11:00AM

2005 Volleyball Season Preview

HEAD COACH: Kellie Bearman

LEADING RETURNERS: Julie Calareso (405 kills, 426 digs), Erin Prifogle (160 kills, 33 blocks), Ellie Simon (150 kills, 31 blocks), Margo Linton (1037 assists)

NEWCOMERS: Alex Keeney, Roxana Vargas

2004 RECAP (12-17): Without a senior on the team, the Polar Bears reached double figures in victories for the second straight year and earned another berth in the NESCAC postseason tournament with a 12-17 campaign. Bowdoin was a victorious host in the Polar Bear Invitational, sweeping the tournament with three consecutive shutout wins. Two key victories to close the season against Trinity (3-0) and Conn. College (3-1) clinched the postseason bid.

2005 PREVIEW: Bowdoin returns their top players in every statistical category, led by Julie Calareso, who appears poised for a breakout season. The junior outside-hitter led Bowdoin in kills (405), aces (55), and was second in digs (426) in 2004. Calareso's kill total was third in the NESCAC, while her aces ranked second among conference players. Assisting on Calareso's offensive totals will be Margo Linton, who posted 1,037 assists in her rookie campaign. Up front, Bowdoin will rely on the height and agility of Ellie Simon, who will use her six-foot frame as a middle-blocker.

DID YOU KNOW?: Julie Calareso's 405 kills in 2004 were a Bowdoin school record.

COACH BEARMAN SAYS: "The girls are working harder than they ever have, and we seem to have much more drive to succeed. Part of it is that we're a more mature team- some of them have played together for three years- and the team chemistry is coming together quickly this season, which is very exciting."