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Olivet College

2006 VOLLEYBALL


TABLE OF CONTENTS 2006 Season Preview .................................................................... 1 Coaching Staff ............................................................................... 1 Meet the Comets .......................................................................... 2 2006 Team Picture ........................................................................ 2 Returning Letterwinners ............................................................... 3 Newcomers .................................................................................... 3 2005 Match Results and Statistics ............................................. 4 2006 Schedule ............................................................... Back cover

ABOUT OLIVET COLLEGE Established in 1844, Olivet College is a private, liberal arts institution located in south central Michigan, between Battle Creek and Lansing. Olivet was one of the first institutions in America to admit women and minorities. The college is dedicated to its vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, and remains true to its roots by providing a quality higher education to all, regardless of gender, race or financial means. Olivet College is home to more than 1,000 students, who study under The Olivet Plan. In Burrage Library this unique educational experience, students engage in both curricular and co-curricular programs that combine real world experiences with lectures and service learning. Olivet College offers 28 programs leading to a bachelor of arts degree, a master of arts in teaching degree, and dual degree programs with two higher education institutions in Michigan. Olivet is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers opportunities for students to get involved in more than 20 clubs and organizations. Approximately 40 percent of all Olivet students participate in athletics on a non-scholarship basis. Olivet consistently has one of the most diverse student populations of any private institution in Michigan. In a typical year, the student body includes 20 percent minority students and international students from 14 countries. All of this makes the campus community a microcosm of the world – an ideal place for learning to live and work in the global society of the 21st century.

QUICK FACTS Location ......................................................... Olivet, MI 49076 Founded ............................................................................... 1844 Enrollment .......................................................................... 1,086 Nickname ........................................................................ Comets School colors ...................................................... Red and white Affiliation ................................................... NCAA Division III Conference ...... Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association President ................................................. Don Tuski ’85, Ph.D. Director of Athletics .......................................... Tom Shaw ’88 Associate Athletic Director .......................... Heather Bateman Assistant VP for College Relations ..................... Jerry Rashid Sports Information Director .............................. Geoff Henson Office phone number ................................ (269) 749-7602 Head Athletic Trainer ........................................... Wendy Leow Head Volleyball Coach ............................................ John Miller Alma mater, year ................................ Western Michigan, 1996 Office phone number ................................ (269) 749-6677 E-mail address ........................ jdmiller@olivetcollege.edu Years at Olivet .............................................................. first Assistant Coaches ............. Josh Pickard and Tom VanWienen 2005 Overall Record ........................................................... 7-25 2005 MIAA Record/Finish ................... 4-12/Tied for seventh Starters returning/lost ............................................................ 3/3 Letterwinners returning/lost ............................................... 13/4

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CREDITS: The 2006 Olivet College volleyball guide is a publication of Olivet’s Office of College Relations. The guide was designed and written by Sports Information Director Geoff Henson, with editing by the college relations staff. Individual pictures were taken by Mike Gorecki of SPI Photo. The guide was printed by Foresight Group of Lansing.


SEASON PREVIEW First-year Head Coach John Miller may be a stranger to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), but he is no stranger to the sport of volleyball in the state of Michigan. Miller came to Olivet College after a successful coaching career at nearby Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Battle Creek. At KCC, he was head volleyball coach for one year and an assistant coach for four years. By coming to Olivet, Miller has taken a leap of faith that he can transform the Olivet volleyball team into one of the elite teams of the MIAA. He understands the change is going to take time, but is willing to put the effort in to do so. In 2006, the Comets return 13 letterwinners, including three starters. With the addition of a solid recruiting class, Miller hopes that the team can begin its transformation. Leading the team is senior captains Kara Brinker (North Branch) and Julia Longman (Scotts/Climax-Scotts). Brinker, a right-side hitter, finished the 2005 season with 113 kills. In her first three years at Olivet, she has played in 81 matches and tallied 235 kills. Longman, a defensive specialist, battled through an injury last year and saw action in only 16 matches, recording 95 digs. In her career, she has been a part of 73 matches and has 473 digs. “Julia and Kara have done a great job at stepping into the role as a captain,” said Miller. “The funny thing is they have very, very different personalities. Kara is just so quiet, but Julia has an outgoing, bubbly personality. Joining Brinker in the front row attack is sophomore middle hitter Mackenzie Heator (Union City). Heator made an impact as a freshman, playing in 115 of 121 games and leading the team with 98

blocks. She was fourth on the team with 215 kills and finished with a .221 hitting percentage. Other returning attackers who earned a sport on the varsity team are sophomores Kristina Mellinger (Constantine), Joli Schlabach (Colon) and Kim Travis (Shepherd). “Mackenzie is doing a great job,” Miller says. “If we can get a few little mechanical issues worked out of her, she going to be a very good player. The others are going to be in the mix along with a couple of the recruits.” Another key returning player is junior setter and captain Jessica Petkus (Milford). In two years at Olivet, she has played in 59 of a possible 65 matches and has career statistics of 2,052 set assists, 31 service aces and 635 digs. “All that I can say about Jessica is that her parents better be proud,” Miller said. “They have done an amazing job raising a find young lady. She epitomizes what you look for in a captain.” Besides Longman, the defense includes junior Kelli Roe (Galesburg-Augusta) and sophomores Courtney Lewis (Battle Creek/ St. Philip) and Natalee Singleton (Sand Lake/Lakeview). Each saw action in back-up roles last year. Headlining the recruiting class are freshmen Jennifer Malm (Bridgman) and Emily McClure (Athens). Sophomore Christine Schaum (Marshall), a transfer from KCC and the younger sister of Katie, who played for the Comets last year, and Ashley Knight (Coloma) are also a part of the varsity roster. “Jenny and Emily are going to see an amazing amount of playing time,” stated Miller. “I am not just trying to win this year, I am trying to build this foundation for the future, and they are two incredible players to build around.”

COACHING STAFF HEAD COACH JOHN MILLER

ASSISTANTS JOSH PICKARD & TOM VANWIENEN

John Miller is in his first season as head volleyball coach at Olivet College. Miller came to Olivet after working five years at Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Battle Creek. In 2005, he served as the Bruins’ head volleyball coach and from 2001-04, he was an assistant coach. In 2005, Miller led KCC to a 52-9 overall record and a perfect 12-0 record in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference. For his efforts, he was selected as the MCCAA Western Conference Coach of the Year, MCCAA Coach of the Year and NJCAA Region XII, District E Coach of the Year. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in 1996 from Western Michigan University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree. Miller resides in Marshall with wife, Noelle.

Josh Pickard and Tom VanWienen are in their second season as assistant volleyball coaches. VanWienen also serves as the head junior varsity coach. Pickard is a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University Pickard VanWienen (MSU). At MSU, he was a setter for the nationally-ranked men’s volleyball team. Pickard also serves as a referee for USA Volleyball and high school volleyball. A native of Flushing, Pickard resides in Lansing. VanWienen earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2003. He lives in Battle Creek with wife, Jonna, and two daughters, Allison and Kate.

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MEET THE COMETS Name Kara Brinker Sarah Geasler Jackie Giggy Mackenzie Heator Ashley Knight Courtney Lewis Julia Longman Jennifer Malm Emily McClure Kristina Mellinger Ame Morgan Tiffany Pattenaude Jessica Petkus Tonia Ramsey Kelli Roe Christine Schaum Joli Schlabach Natalee Singleton Tai Taylor Kim Travis

Yr. Sr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. So. So. So. Fr. So.

Pos. RS S RS MH DS/OH DS DS OH MH RS S/DS DS S S DS DS OH DS MH OH

Ht. 5-9 5-5 5-9 6-0 5-8 5-5 5-3 5-10 5-10 5-8 5-4 5-2 5-9 5-8 5-5 5-4 5-9 5-5 5-11 5-9

Hometown North Branch Laingsburg Quincy Union City Coloma Battle Creek Scotts Bridgman Athens Constantine Sherwood Westland Milford Battle Creek Galesburg Marshall Colon Sand Lake East Leroy Shepherd

High School North Branch Laingsburg Bronson Union City Coloma St. Philip Climax-Scotts Bridgman Athens Constantine Athens Garden City Milford Harper Creek Augusta Marshall Colon Lakeview Athens Shepherd

2006 TEAM PICTURE

FRONT ROW (from left): Tiffany Pattenaude, Sarah Geasler, Christine Schaum, Kelli Roe, Natalee Singleton and Julia Longman MIDDLE ROW (from left): Courtney Lewis, Jessica Petkus, Kara Brinker, Ashley Knight, Tonia Ramsey, Kristina Mellinger and Ame Morgan BACK ROW (from left): Head Coach John Miller, Jackie Giggy, Tai Taylor, Mackenzie Heator, Jennifer Malm, Emily McClure, Joli Schlabach and Assistant Coach Tom VanWienen

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RETURNING PLAYERS KARA BRINKER

SARAH GEASLER

MACKENZIE HEATOR

Senior z 5-9 Rightside Hitter North Branch

Junior z 5-5 Setter Laingsburg

Sophomore z 6-0 Middle Hitter Union City

COURTNEY LEWIS

JULIA LONGMAN

KRISTINA MELLINGER

Sophomore z 5-5 Defensive Specialist Battle Creek

Senior z 5-3 Defensive Specialist Scotts

Sophomore z 5-8 Rightside Hitter Constantine

JESSICA PETKUS

KELLI ROE

J OLI SCHLABACH

Junior z 5-9 Setter Milford

Junior z 5-5 Defensive Specialist Galesburg

Sophomore z 5-9 Outside Hitter Colon

NATALEE SINGLETON

KIM TRAVIS

Sophomore z 5-5 Defensive Specialist Sand Lake

Sophomore z 5-9 Outside Hitter Shepherd

NEWCOMERS JACKIE GIGGY

ASHLEY KNIGHT

JENNIFER MALM

Freshman z 5-9 Rightside Hitter Quincy

Junior z 5-8 DS/Outside Hitter Coloma

Freshman z 5-10 Outside Hitter Bridgman

EMILY MCCLURE

AME MORGAN

TIFFANY PATTENAUDE

Freshman z 5-11 Middle Hitter Athens

Freshman z 5-5 Defensive Specialist Sherwood

Freshman z 5-2 Defensive Specialist Westland

TONIA RAMSEY

CHRISTINE SCHAUM

TAI TAYLOR

Freshman z 5-8 Setter Battle Creek

Sophomore z 5-4 Defensive Specialist Marshall

Freshman z 5-11 Middle Hitter East Leroy

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2005 MATCH RESULTS AND STATISTICS

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Elmhurst (Ill.) College Invitational; # - Hanover (Ind.) College Invitational Franklin (Ind.) College Quad; ^ - Calvin College Midwest Invitational Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match 2006 MIAA Tournament

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2006 OLIVET COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE SEPT. 1-2 7 8-9 12 16 20 22 26 28 30 OCT. 4 6 11 13 14 18 20 21 24

@ Earlham (Ind.) Tournament .............................. 4 p.m./11 a.m. @ Saint Mary’s (Ind.) * .................................................... 7 p.m. @ Hanover (Ind.) Tournament ............................... 5 p.m./9 a.m. ALBION * ................................................................ 6:30 P.M. @ Kalamazoo * .............................................................. 11 a.m. CALVIN * ................................................................. 6:30 P.M. TRI-STATE (Ind.) * ....................................................... 7 P.M. ADRIAN * ................................................................ 6:30 P.M. ROCHESTER ................................................................ 7 P.M. ALMA * ......................................................................... NOON HOPE * ..................................................................... 6:30 P.M. SAINT MARY’S (Ind.) * .............................................. 7 P.M. @ Albion * ................................................................... 6:30 p.m. KALAMAZOO * ........................................................... 7 P.M. @ Alma * ............................................................................ noon @ Calvin * ................................................................... 6:30 p.m. @ Tri-State (Ind.) * with Huntington (Ind.) ...................... 4 p.m. @ Hope * .................................................................... 6:30 p.m. @ Adrian * ................................................................... 6:30 p.m.

* - Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match BOLD RED CAPS denote home match All start times are EST unless noted differently

Education for Individual and Social Responsibility www.olivetcollege.edu/sports Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) is America’s oldest collegiate athletic conference. The 2006-07 school year marks the 119th consecutive year of operation for the NCAA Division III affiliated conference. The MIAA was founded March 24, 1888. From the very beginning, the MIAA has conducted full-season championships in multiple sports. There have been changes in some of the sports (bicycle racing and Indian club juggling have long since disappeared, and basketball did not even exist in 1888), but these changes have served to develop the MIAA into one of America’s finest NCAA Division III conferences, today offering 18 sports for men and women. The MIAA’s continuity is noteworthy. Of the 12 schools that have had full membership, eight are still members — Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet and Saint Mary’s. Significantly, not one of these eight colleges has ever belonged to any other formal league. Albion and Olivet were charter members although Albion is the only member to hold continuous membership. Ex-members are Michigan State University

(1888-1907), Eastern Michigan University (1892-1926), Hillsdale College (1888-1960), and Defiance College (1997-2000). The MIAA’s membership list went unchanged from 1954 until 1997 when Defiance College of Ohio and Saint Mary’s College of Indiana were invited to join. It also marked the first time that the league added members outside the State of Michigan. The league stipulated, however, that the name of the conference would not change. The inaugural year of current members are: Adrian (1908), Albion (1888), Alma (1902), Calvin (1953), Hope (1926), Kalamazoo (1896), Olivet (1888), and Saint Mary’s (1997). The MIAA marked a historic note in 2002 when the league accepted Wisconsin Lutheran College of Milwaukee as an associate member for the purpose of competing in football. Wisconsin Lutheran announced in 2005 that it will leave the MIAA after the 2007 season to join another conference. Tri-State University became a conference member in 2004-05 upon its acceptance as a provisional NCAA member.


2006 Olivet College Volleyball