2023 Wellesley Volleyball News

Rachel Xu '25 and Kaija Kunze-Hoeg '26 were named to the CSC Academic All-District Team (Frank Poulin)
Blue Volleyball's Xu, Kunze-Hoeg Recognized on CSC Academic All-District Team

December 12, 2023

Wellesley College volleyball junior Rachel Xu (Beijing, China) and sophomore Kaija Kunze-Hoeg (Eagan, Minn.) were each named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Team on Tuesday.  The 2023 Academic All-District Women's Volleyball Team, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The award is given to athletes who in addition to being impactful on their respective team, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, and have achieved second year status at their academic institution.

Kaija Kunze-Hoeg '26 (Frank Poulin)
Kunze-Hoeg Earns AVCA All-America Honorable Mention

November 28, 2023

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2023 All-America teams for NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball on Tuesday. Wellesley College volleyball sophomore Kaija Kunze-Hoeg (Eagan, Minn.) was named a 2023 AVCA Division III Women's All-America Honorable Mention. Kunze-Hoeg is the first member of Wellesley volleyball to be recognized on the AVCA All-America Team since Nicole Doerges '22 earned an honorable mention in 2021.

Kate Giang '27 (Frank Poulin)
Giang Receives NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year Award

November 15, 2023

Wellesley College volleyball first year Kate Giang (Corte Madera, Calif.) was named the 2023 NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year on Wednesday. Giang is the ninth student-athlete in program history to receive the honor, and the first since Yasmine Reece '19 won the award in 2015.

Kate Giang '27 and Kaija Kunze-Hoeg '26 (Frank Poulin)
Kunze-Hoeg Makes AVCA All-Region Team; Giang Honorable Mention

November 15, 2023

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2023 Division III Women's Volleyball All-Region teams and award winners. Wellesley College volleyball sophomore Kaija Kunze-Hoeg (Eagan, Minn.) was named to the Region 2 All-Region First Team while first year Kate Giang (Corte Madera, Calif.) received an honorable mention.

Four members of Wellesley volleyball were named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team (Frank Poulin)
Four Members of Blue Volleyball Make NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team

November 10, 2023

he 2023 NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Academic All-Conference Team was released on Friday. Among the honorees were four members of Wellesley College volleyball. Seniors Kate Salembier (Sierra Madre, Calif.) led the Blue with a third straight trip to Academic All-Conference Team. Juniors Mikayla Tansil (Warren, Mich.) and Rachel Xu (Beijing, China) both made the list for the second consecutive year and sophomore Kaija Kunze-Hoeg (Eagan, Minn.) was honored in her first year of eligibility.

Wellesley College volleyball celebrated senior day on Saturday (Mya Lampley '26)
Blue Volleyball Wins 3-0 Over Mount Holyoke on Senior Day

November 04, 2023

Wellesley College volleyball finished its regular season with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 26-24) win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse. Prior to the game Wellesley acknowledged senior Kate Salembier (Sierra Madre, Calif.) for her contributions to the Blue.

Kaija Kunze-Hoeg '26 (Frank Poulin)
Blue Volleyball Staves Off Brandeis Comeback in 3-2 Victory

November 02, 2023

Wellesley College volleyball earned a hard-fought 3-2 (25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 19-25, 15-13) non-conference victory over visiting Brandeis University on Thursday evening at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse.  With Wellesley (12-12 overall) leading the match 2-0, Brandeis (9-15 overall) rallied to take the next two sets. However, the Blue rallied in the final set to earn the 3-2 win. 

Evelyn Hill '27 (Frank Poulin)
WPI Wins Back and Forth Match over Blue Volleyball, 3-2

October 31, 2023

WPI saved a match point and won crucial fourth and fifth sets to defeat Wellesley College volleyball 3-2 (25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 25-19, 16-14) on Tuesday at Harrington Auditorium in a NEWMAC contest.

Photo by Frank Poulin
Wellesley Volleyball Completes Comeback to Stun Plymouth State, 3-2

October 26, 2023

Fueled by 26 kills and 17 digs from first year Kate Giang (Corte Madera, Calif.), Wellesley College volleyball erased a 2-0 deficit to win a thrilling 3-2 (16-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13) non-conference match against Plymouth State at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse on Thursday evening.

Kate Giang '27 (Frank Poulin)
Emerson Stages Comeback Against Blue Volleyball, 3-2

October 24, 2023

Despite trailing 2-0, Emerson staged a comeback to win a 3-2 (13-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-13, 15-9) NEWMAC match against Wellesley College volleyball at Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker Gym on Tuesday night.

Kate Salembier '24 (Frank Poulin)
Blue Volleyball Picks Up Wins over Southern Maine, Keene State

October 21, 2023

Backed by consistent play on both offense and defense, Wellesley College volleyball won both halves of a tri-match with Southern Maine and Keene State with identical 3-0 scores on Saturday at Keene State University. First year Kate Giang (Corte Madera, Calif.) had 21 kills across the two matches while classmate Madeline Zornek (Orlando, Fla.) had 34 assists and 11 service aces on the day. Sophomore libero Kaija Kunze-Hoeg (Eagan, Minn.) led the team with 30 digs over the six sets.

Rachel Xu '25 (Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Volleyball Drops Match to Springfield, 3-1

October 17, 2023

Junior Riley Donahue (South Windsor, Conn.) had 17 kills and nine digs to lead Springfield to a 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 25-19) win over Wellesley College volleyball in NEWMAC play on Tuesday at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse. 

Kaija Kunze-Hoeg '26 (Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Volleyball Falls to Clark, 3-1

October 14, 2023

Senior Camille Flurry (Athens, Ga.) tallied 15 kills, six blocks, and a .452 hitting percentage to help Clark defeat Wellesley College volleyball 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 25-11) in a NEWMAC match at Hurst Courts on Saturday.

Evelyn Hill '27 (Frank Poulin)
Regis Rallies Against Wellesley Volleyball, 3-2

October 13, 2023

Regis rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Wellesley College volleyball 3-2 (14-25, 24-26, 25-18, 26-24, 15-12) on Thursday in a non-conference match at Higgins Court. 

Emily Goldstein '27 (Frank Poulin)
Blue Volleyball Downed by MIT, 3-0

October 10, 2023

Senior Consecrata Rozario (Cary, N.C.) had 13 kills and a .722 hitting percentage to give No. 20 MIT a 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-19) NEWMAC win over Wellesley College volleyball at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

Kennedy Mayo '26 (Frank Poulin)
Coast Guard Earns Win Over Blue Volleyball, 3-1

October 03, 2023

Coast Guard picked up a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-18) NEWMAC victory over Wellesley College volleyball on Tuesday at Roland Hall. Senior Sophia Galdamez (Cardiff by Sea, Calif.) and junior Shannon Shaw (Torrance, Calif.) each had double-digit kills for the Bears (13-4 Overall, 3-2 NEWMAC). Junior Kaela France (Ellicott, Colo.) had a team-high 20 digs and senior Maeve Duffin (Hawthorne, N.J.) registered 20 assists.