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Overview

Three-year varsity letter winners Sarah Pfund '14 and Brenna Corrigan '14 lead the Hamilton College women's volleyball program into 2013. Hamilton won 11 matches last year, including its NESCAC opener at Bates College. The Continentals were crowned champions of the 2012 Kean University Cougar Classic after they won all three of their matches at the event. Corrigan was named most valuable player of the Cougar Classic and she made the all-tournament team at the 2012 University of Rochester Invitational earlier that season. Pfund earned a spot on the NESCAC fall all-academic and all-sportsmanship teams for the second straight year. Corrigan, Pfund and Emily Rosen '15 are the team captains this year.

Hamilton is one of 11 schools in the NESCAC that play women's volleyball. Three conference teams played in the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship and one advanced to the third round. Nine NESCAC programs have competed in the NCAA championship at least once and eight posted a winning record last year.

The Continentals host six NESCAC matches at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House in 2013, including Colby College (Sept. 20), Middlebury College (Sept. 28), Williams College (Oct. 11), Amherst College (Oct. 12), Bates (Nov. 1) and Bowdoin College (Nov. 2). The season begins with four matches at the University of Rochester Invitational on Sept. 6 and 7, and Hamilton will play four more at Swarthmore College's Garnet Classic the following weekend.

Corrigan emerged as one of the team's top players in 2012. She ended up ranked eighth in the NESCAC with 2.89 kills per set and 12th with 3.52 digs per set . She reached double digits in kills 13 times last year.

Blaire Frett '16 leads the defense at the net for the Continentals. Frett finished fourth in the NESCAC with 0.87 blocks per set in her rookie year. Ally Martella '13 graduated and will be missed as she stands in fourth place on the program's all-time list with 266 career blocks.

Anna Brown '15 is the team's top libero. Brown ranked second in the conference with 4.70 digs per set last year and already has 844 in two years at Hamilton. Courtney Somerville '16 had a solid first year with 123 kills and 41 blocks. Somerville made the Cougar Classic all-tournament team.

In 2011, the team enjoyed its best season in 12 years. Hamilton's 17-12 record represented the Continentals' first winning season since 1999, and the team posted a 13-2 mark against other New York state programs. Hamilton captured three tournament titles in 2011, and defeated NESCAC rival Trinity College for the first time in 18 years. The Continentals ranked second in the conference in digs with more than 17 per game. One of the reasons for that high rank was Anna Brown '15, who was named NESCAC player of the week after she made the Continental Classic all-tournament team in late October.

Hamilton has a rich volleyball tradition that dates back to 1985, when the program achieved varsity status. From 1985 to 1996, the Continentals won 20 or more matches in a season nine times, and had just one losing record. Hamilton played in five New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments during that time. The Continentals enjoyed the best season in program history in 1996. Hamilton boasted a record of 21-7, played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship and finished the season ranked ninth in the state. The Continentals' winning percentage of .750 that season stands as their best ever.

Outstanding academic performance is another important part of this program. Pfund, Rosen and Erin Casey '15 made the 2012 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing at her institution. Hamilton was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with the AVCA Team Academic Award for the third time in 2011-12. A 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale needs to be maintained at the close of the school year for a program to be eligible for the award.