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2014 Carroll Volleyball Schedule Finalized

HELENA –

The 2014 Carroll College Volleyball Schedule has been released and the Fighting Saints are set to play 26 regular season games, with 14 conference games.

Carroll College is coming off a 17–18 overall record and finished in fifth place in Frontier Conference play with a 9–7 record.

The Fighting Saints, who two years ago reached the NAIA National Tournament, will look to regain that form in 2014, but will do so with a very difficult non-conference schedule.

“This has to be the most impressive schedule that we have had in my time as coach.  Last year we faced some terrific opponents, but this year has even more of the upper-echelon schools, of course playing the defending national champion is something our girls will gear up for at home,” Carroll College head coach Moe Boyle said.

Carroll will face tough competition in their non-conference tournaments as the Fighting Saints have trips to Des Moines, IA and Irvine, CA prior to hosting the Big Sky Challenge in Helena September 5-6.

Carroll is set to play the top-three finishing teams from last year, including defending National Champion, University of Texas-Brownsville. Also on the Saints’ schedule are last year’s runner up, Biola University, and 2013 national semifinalist and 2012 National Champion, Concordia-Irvine.

“Our fans will have the chance to come see both national finalists from last season here as we host the Big Sky Challenge, it’s going to be a fantastic event and will be incredible preparation for conference play,” Boyle added. 

With a schedule littered with heavy-hitters, the Fighting Saints also play four more road matches than home competitions.

Carroll will begin the season on August 22, as they face St. Francis (IL) at the Grand View Tournament in Iowa.

The Saints will open their home schedule on September 5 against College of Idaho, a top-25 finisher last year.

In all, Carroll College’s schedule includes a staggering seven top-25 teams from last year’s final poll, not to mention the past two national champions.

Carroll College will open Frontier Conference play on September 11, hosting Montana – Western in Helena.

The Fighting Saints will wrap up the regular season against Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, ID. 

The Frontier Conference Tournament is scheduled to begin November 14 and the NAIA National Tournament will begin in Sioux City, IA on December 2.

  

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By Amber Kuehn Independent Record

There will be another Cunningham on the sidelines coaching at Carroll College this fall. Christy Cunningham, the wife of Saints men’s basketball coach Carson Cunningham, has accepted a position at the school to be an assistant volleyball coach on Moe Boyle’s staff. The 33-year-old is a former Purdue standout, and Boyle said Cunningham has already rejuvenated the Saints’ program.

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Eleven members of the Carroll College volleyball team were chosen for the Frontier Conference’s All-Academic team.

Among the Fighting Saints selected were seniors Elli Graff (health sciences), Catie Hanser (elementary education), Calli Prestwood (health sciences), Emma Priddy (nursing), Sarah Roshak (mathematics) and Karla Hellegaard (elementary education), juniors Emily Burk (sociology) and Kathleen Mulligan (health sciences), and sophomores Kylie Dirham (health sciences), Madeleine Fey (nursing) and Rebecca Sweeney (undeclared).

To be eligible for the Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters.

HELENA – Carroll College head volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced the Fighting Saints first signings for the 2014 freshman class.

Marija Nicksic a 6-foot-4 outside hitter from Valparaiso, IN will join Boyle’s squad in the fall.

Nicksic is a three-year letter winner in volleyball, was selected All-Conference and All-Area Honorable Mention at Andrean High School. 

Nicksic, a captain during her senior season helped Andrean to two regional championships.  She also was a member of the Ultimate 16 Gold Team that earned a third place finish at the club national tournament in Atlanta in 2011.< strong>

“We are thrilled to have Marija join our team.  She will provide us with immediate help up front. She is a very smooth hitter, an excellent student and will be a quick learner – we expect her to contribute right away,” Boyle said. 

Nicksic has excelled in the classroom with a 4.3 GPA and lends her talents as a graphic editor for the Acropolis student newspaper.  She plans on studying history at Carroll. 

“I hope to better myself as a volleyball player, student and person as well as experiencing everything Carroll and Helena has to offer,” Nicksic said.

Nicksic has two other siblings who play collegiate athletics.  Her older brother Pete is a senior forward on the basketball team at Wabash College and her older sister Ana is a setter at Elon University.

Nicksic’s height will be much needed as two front line members of the 2013 Carroll team have graduated.  Captains Elle Graff and Karla Hellegaard’s shoes will need to be filled by returners and newcomers alike.

Carroll College finished fifth in the Frontier Conference this past season with a 9-7 conference record.

 

Marija Nicksic

Photo courtesy of Thomas Quinn (The Times of Northwest Indiana)

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HELENA – Carroll College could send out a starting lineup of scholar-athletes this season as six Fighting Saints volleyball players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.

Seniors Elli Graff and Karla Hellegaard along with juniors Kathleen Mulligan, Calli Prestwood, Emma Priddy and Sarah Roshak were recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

“I’m so proud of our team’s accomplishments off the court, they are a great group to coach and they work hard in the classroom.  Having six upperclassmen receive this designation is a testament to the type of student-athlete we recruit and the overall quality individuals we are fortunate to have at Carroll College,” head coach Moe Boyle said.

In order to be nominated for this honor by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved a junior academic status. 

Graff, Mulligan and Prestwood are all majoring in Health Sciences.  Hellegaard majors in elementary education, while Priddy is a nursing student and Roshak is studying mathematics.

“These girls have been great role models and leaders for our younger players and I am so happy that they have been recognized for their commitment to maintaining focus on their academics, which is never an easy task,” Boyle added.

The six players from Carroll were among 391 volleyball players nationwide to be named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hastings (Neb.) and Concordia (Neb.) led all institutions with eight players apiece on the list.

By the Helena IR

Fourth-seeded Westminster ousted defending Frontier Conference tournament champion and fifth-seeded Carroll College with a 3-0 (26-24, 28-26, 25-22) victory on Friday.

The win moves the Griffins into the tournament semifinals, set for 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Meeting them will be top-seeded Montana State-Northern.

Neither team could take control of the first set with 12 ties and six lead changes. With the set tied at 24, back-to-back attack errors by Carroll gave the first set to the Griffins, 26-24.

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