Four Camels Honored on All-NESCAC Squad-Schroff Named Player of the Year

Four Camels Honored on All-NESCAC Squad-Schroff Named Player of the Year

NEW LONDON, Conn.--(NESCAC and Connecticut College Reporting) As they reach the pinnacle of their greatest season ever, four members of the Connecticut College volleyball program have been honored on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference Volleyball Team.  Senior right side hitter Rachel Schroff (Palos Verdes, Calif.) has been selected as the 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year by the league's coaches. Classmate Katie Ketcham (San Francisco, Calif.) was honored as a first team setter. Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) was recognized as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Josh Edmed has been named the Coach of the Year.  

Schroff earned All-Conference honors for the first time in her career after lifting the Camels to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship. The captain led the conference with 3.42 kills per set, while ranking second with a .312 hitting percentage. She also posted 42 service aces en route to earning First Team honors. Schroff has amassed 966 kills, 588 digs, 242 assists, 164 blocks and 134 aces.

Schroff was joined on the All-NESCAC First Team by classmate Katie Ketcham (San Francisco, Calif.), who was also honored for the first time in her career. The senior setter led the league in assists, averaging 10.40 per set. With 1989 assists, Ketcham has dished out 1989 assists in her career to go with 361 digs, 150 kills, 96 aces and 53 blocks.

Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) became the second player in program history to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. The outside hitter ranks second in the league with 3.35 kills per set, while leading the conference with 53 service aces. Martin has also been effective on the defensive side of the ball, posting 3.28 digs per set and 28 blocks. Martin has registered 10 double-doubles (kills-digs) this fall.  Caitlin Tomaska was the Camels' first Rookie of the Year in 2005.

"Rachel, Ketch and Caroline are extremely deserving of their NESCAC postseason recognition," Head Coach Josh Edmed said. "The entire team has put in a tremendous amount of effort to be in a position to experience the success the program is having and these three individuals have excelled in this capacity while also showcasing extraordinary skill ability.   They should be very proud of what they and the entire team have achieved to date and I am looking forward to seeing them continue to compete throughout the NCAA tournament."

Edmed was named Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 24-3 record. With their 8-2 mark in league play, the Camels earned the right to host the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history and will also host an NCAA Regional for the first time this weekend. In his 11 years at the helm, Edmed has posted an overall record of 186-109. Under Edmed's direction, the Camels have won 18 matches or more in each of their past seven seasons of competition.  

Fran Shields, the Katherine Wenc Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education at Connecticut College was pleased to learn of the recognition for Edmed, a leader in the athletic department and in the greater New London Community.

"All of these continuing accomplishments are a direct result of Josh Edmed's vision, hard work, and perseverance.  He has laid down a blueprint for success in which his student-athletes thrive.  The entire campus is energized by this success."

The Camels will host Framingham State University (24-9), winners of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championship (MASCAC) Friday at 8:00 p.m. and serve as the host site of the eight- team regional this weekend from November 9-11.