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Annie Hoeksma '05
Junior Annie Hoeksma ranked fifth in the NESCAC in assists per game (10.02) as a sophomore.

Volleyball Sets Sights on 11th Straight Postseason Appearance

September 2, 2003

2002 Recap
Amherst volleyball posted yet another 20-win season in 2002, proving it could overcome the loss of a powerful senior class by rattling off nine straight victories to begin the season. This run was highlighted by an outstanding NESCAC Quad performance at Connecticut College, where they swept Trinity, Wesleyan, and the host Camels, 3-0. The Amherst College Volleyball Classic followed, where despite losing their first match of the season, the Jeffs helped head coach Sue Everden earn her 400th career victory with a 3-0 win over Middlebury. Amherst finished the regular season at 18-5 (8-2 NESCAC) before heading to the Little Three Championships, where it stumbled against Williams but rebounded to defeat Wesleyan to claim second place. The Lord Jeffs carried this momentum into the NESCAC Postseason Tournament and marched to the championship match with wins over Tufts and Middlebury, but fell once again to archrival Williams. Five of Amherst's seven losses came to only two teams (three to Williams and two to Gordon), finishing the season with a 21-7 mark, which pleased Everden. "It was a great year," she said. "How could anyone be disappointed with 21 wins?"

Key Losses
The Jeffs lose four players to graduation who will all be missed, especially the leadership of co-captains Erin Dittus and Missy Mordy. Dittus finished the season ranked eighth in the NESCAC in kills per game with 3.1, and earned NESCAC All-Academic honors. Also graduating were defensive specialists Irene Lee and Paula Yanes. Lee ranked fourth in the NESCAC in digs per game with 4.34.

Key Returnees
Amherst returns several members of last year's NESCAC runner-up squad. "We return a good core group this season," said Everden. "We should be just as good a team as in previous years." This provides much promise for this season as the Jeffs look to continue a streak of 20-win campaigns. Leading the way will be senior co-captains Jess Allen and Lauren Wong. Everden expects the two to "take charge on and off the court" for the Lord Jeffs. Wong was sixth in the NESCAC in blocks last season with 1.14 per game. After having a breakout season in 2002, junior Annie Hoeksma will handle the setting duties again. She was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection and earned all-tournament honors at the 2002 Hall of Fame Invitational. Hoeksma was ranked fifth in the NESCAC in assists per game (10.02) and seventh in hitting percentage (.322). Fellow junior Nicole Davidson will return to action, having fully recovered from an ankle injury last season. Contributions are also expected from juniors Greta Anderson and Liz Braemer. Sophomores Sara Bruggeman, Kate Raddock and Natalie Soud all return after great first seasons. Bruggeman ranked third in the NESCAC in blocks (1.42) and fourth in hitting percentage (.338).