Buffalo, NY- The D'Youville women's volleyball team is back for the 2019 season hoping their newcomers can give them the playoff push they need after a 3-6 conference record and a 4-22 overall record last year.
McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/ Frontier) are the lone returning seniors this season. McKenna was second on the team in assists per set (2.56) and assists (105) last year. Murray was fifth in kills per set (1.04) and kills (72), second in hitting percentage (.100), and fourth in blocks per set (.19).
Back for their third season are juniors Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore), Lauren Conley (Scotia, NY/ Scotia-Glenville), and Alyssa Diamond (Derby, NY/Lake Shore). Wright had a great sophomore season last year. Talia ranked first in service aces per set (.35), second in digs (255), third in digs per set (3), and fourth in both kills per set (1.07) and kills (91). Meanwhile, Conley was first in blocks per set (.30) and second in block assists (16). Diamond played in 15 matches as a sophomore and had totaled 1.12 digs per set.
Last year's Most Improved award winner, Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/ Niagara-Wheatfield) is back for her sophomore season. Carly was second in kills per set (1.50) and kills (123). Sophomore libero Desiree Walters (Oswego, IL/Oswego) is back on the squad as well. Walters led the team in digs per set (4.74), digs (398), third in assists (.27), and second in service aces per set (.31).
Another sophomore Angela Filkov (North Collins, NY/North Collins) will be joining the other second year players. Last season, Angela led the team in assists per set (4.79) and assists (388) as one of the two starting setters for the team. Eh Dah Way (Buffalo, NY/ Hutch Tech) and Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/ Niagara Wheatfield) will round up the sophomores for the team. Way played in 13 matches as a freshman and recorded 14 digs as a defensive specialist. Mikaela missed most of the season unfortunately due to an injury.
The team has added six freshmen to round up the squad. Looking to help the team make an impact this season is Brianna Damstetter (Buffalo, NY/ City Honors), Alyssa Emmi (Syracuse, NY/ Solvay), Kendall Koszelak (North Tonawanda, NY/ Sacred Heart Academy), Julia Peinkofer (Elma, NY/ Iroquois), Jordyn Sampson (Jamestown, NY/ Falconer), and Sara Wittek (Elma, NY/Iroquois).
The team first sees action on Friday, August 30 when Penn St.-Behrend comes to the College Center.