Date Posted:09/01/2006,  2:00PM

2006 Volleyball Season Preview

HEAD COACH: Karen Corey (1st season)

LEADING RETURNERS: Erin Prifogle (313 kills, 72 aces, 94 blocks), Julie Calareso (277 kills, 53 aces, 268 digs), Margo Linton (1059 assists), Kristen Lee (268 digs), Jess Liu (48 aces, 257 digs)

NEWCOMERS: Gillian Page, Skye Lawrence, Jenna Diggs, Kelsey Howe

2005 RECAP (12-17): Jumping out to a very strong start of the season with tough serving and aggressive play, the Polar Bears were 10-5 at midseason. Outside hitter and team captain Julie Calareso (3.3 kills/game) led her team to a second place finish at the Colby tournament and a 3-0 sweep to win the Polar Bear Invitational. Middle hitter Erin Prifolge made her mark at the service line with 0.72 aces per game and gained much attention from the middle with 3.13 kills per game.

The Polar Bears struggled mid-season as they faced very tough conference competition. Jess Liu's defensive efforts as libero (3.17 digs/game) were exceptional against the big conference hitters and Margo Linton not only served tough (0.6 aces/game) but also delivered an exceptional 10.49 assists/game. Unfortunately the team efforts were not enough to recover their winning momentum and missing a few key players to injuries, the team finished at 12-17.

2006 PREVIEW:With a new coach and wealth of first-year talent, optimism is high with the Polar Bears in 2006. Calareso and Prifogle are proven offensive talents, combined with the return of defensive specialists Lee and Liu, Bowdoin is poised to make a run up the conference standings. The Bowdoin volleyball team officially kicks off the 2006 campaign Wednesday, September 13th facing University of New England at 6 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears will play their first conference match hosting a NESCAC weekend at home on Friday, Sept. 15th and Saturday, Sept. 16th.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Polar Bears, with 3.46 service aces per game in 2006, led the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

COACH SAYS: "We have a great core of veteran players and an exceptionally experienced first-year class. We face an incredibly challenging schedule that includes a pair of top-25 ranked teams. I am extremely excited to be guiding our team in this dynamic season."