Head coach Julie Gaul and the Carlow University volleyball program are pleased to announce the incoming class for the 2017 season.
The Celtics finished the 2016 season with a 13-27 record, culminating in a berth to the USCAA National Championship Tournament. The young team returns 11 players and will add six freshmen in 2017.
Madeleine Bash, Annamarie Boburka, Lindsay Coville, Jessica Martin, Emma Penrod, and Cache Street joined the team at camp this week.
The Celtics open their season Aug. 25 in a tournament at University of Michigan-Dearborn. Their home opener is slated for 7pm Sept. 13, against Penn State Beaver.
Bash, who hails from Curwensville, played at Curwensville Area High School, where she was named the team captain. She intends to major in biology, stating that she chose Carlow because of its strong academics and small campus size.
Boburka is a Robinson Township native who played for the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Club and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. The 5'6 outside hitter helped OLSH claim five sectional championships and was named team captain as a senior. She also earned two varsity letters in swimming.
“I felt that Carlow was the right fit for me,” said Boburka, who plans to major in art media and animation.
Coville, a 5'6 setter from Masontown, led Albert Gallatin High School to the volleyball playoffs for the first time in school history. She earned all-county and all-conference honors, as well as received the B’nai B’rith Scholar-Athlete Award and Centennial Chevrolet Scholar-Athlete Award. Coville, who also played for the Alliance Volleyball Club, plans to major in biology with a concentration in perfusion technology.
“I chose Carlow because it is one of the few schools in the U.S. that offers a perfusion technology degree,” she said. “It also has a beautiful campus with a friendly atmosphere in a beautiful city.”
Martin, a 5’10 middle hitter from Stockdale, was a four-year letterman and two-year captain of the volleyball team at Charleroi High School. She also earned three varsity letters in cheer. Martin will major in nursing, and hopes to pursue a career in pediatric oncology.
“Carlow is known for nursing,” Martin said. “It’s just the right size for me, it’s located in the city, and I will be able to continue playing volleyball.”
Penrod, an outside hitter from North East, has played for the Flash Volleyball Club since she was in fifth grade, winning more than 20 tournaments while being ranked in the top 15 of the Ohio Valley Region during that time. She is a graduate of North East High School, where she played varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball. She led the volleyball team to a Section 5 championship, a District 10 championship and a Final Four appearance.
“I chose Carlow because it is a small school, but also in the city,” said Penrod, who plans to major in early childhood education. "I am excited to join the volleyball program and meet the team. Overall, Carlow has what I am looking for — small classes, plenty of clubs, and lots of opportunities both on and off campus."
Street, a middle hitter from Wilmerding, attended East Allegheny High School where she led both the volleyball team and the basketball team to the sectional title. She was named to the all-section team as a senior. She plans to major in business management, and is looking forward to continuing her education and joining the volleyball team at Carlow.