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  • 2012 Bucknell VolleyBall

    Quick Facts/RosteR

    Quick FactsUniversity Information

    Location: Lewisburg, PA 17837

    Founded: 1846 as the University at LewisburgEnrollment: 3,500Nickname: BisonColors: Orange and BlueAffiliation: NCAA Division I, ECAC


    Patriot League (American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy)

    President: John C. BravmanDirector of Athletics: John P. Hardt

    Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA:

    Maisha Kelly

    Volleyball InformationHead Coach: Cindy Opalski

    Alma Mater: Southern Connecticut State 77Record at Bucknell: 303-327 (22 seasons)

    Career Record: 395-375 (26 seasons)Assistant Coaches:

    Anna Allison, Caitlin Rimgaila

    2011 Record: 6-17, 3-11 PL

    2012 Captains: Kebah Edoho, Kat TauscherLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 12/7

    Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3+Libero

    Volleyball Phone: 570-577-3048Email: copalski@bucknell.eduWebsite: www.BucknellBison.comAthletic Dept.FAX Phone: 570-577-1660

    Volleyball Address:

    Cindy OpalskiVolleyball CoachBucknell UniversityLewisburg, PA 17837

    Athletic CommunicationsVolleyball Contact: Becky HartPhone: 570-577-1835Email: becky.hart@bucknell.edu

    Application Information and DeadlinesAdmissions Phone: 570-577-1101

    Early Decision I: Nov. 15, 2012Early Decision II: Jan. 15, 2013Regular Decision: Jan. 15, 2013

    Financial Aid: Nov. 15, 2012 (ED) Jan. 1, 2013 (Reg.)

    In 2006, the Bucknell Department of Athletics and Recreation announced its new Bison Good Sports! campaign, a sportsmanship awareness program designed to promote appropriate fan conduct at all Bison sporting events.

    The objective of the campaign, according to Bucknell director of athletics and recreation John Hardt is to thank fans for the tremendous energy and enthusiasm they bring to each Bucknell athletics contest while also empowering them as caretak-ers of the collegiate gameday experience. While the extremes of unwanted behavior and its impact on home and visiting fans are not commonplace at Bison athletics events, Bucknell and our visiting teams ask for our fans help in keeping their support of our teams positive and cheer with positive encouragement, rather than supporting an atmosphere of intimidation that attempts to degrade opposing players and teams. We hope that our fans will continue to join our players, coaches and staff in helping

    all spectators find creative and ingenious ways to positively support our Bucknell student-athletes.

    Bison Good spoRts

    August 25 at La Salle # 11 a.m. vs. Manhattan # 5 p.m. 26 vs. Niagara # 11 a.m. vs. Loyola (Md.) # 1 p.m. 31 at Robert Morris $ 4 p.m.September 1 vs. Loyola (Md.) $ 3 p.m. at Duquesne $ 7 p.m. 7 vs. Cornell % 4:30 p.m. 8 at Fordham % 11 a.m. vs. NJIT % 7 p.m. 14 FORDHAM ^ 7:30 p.m. 15 PROVIDENCE ^ 12 p.m. QUINNIPIAC ^ 5 p.m. 21 at Lafayette* 7 p.m. 22 at Lehigh* 4 p.m. 28 at Army* 7 p.m. 29 at Holy Cross* 4 p.m.October 4 COLGATE* 7 p.m. 7 at CSU Bakersfield 7 p.m.

    8 at Pepperdine 8 p.m. 12 AMERICAN* 7 p.m. 13 NAVY* 5 p.m. 19 LEHIGH* 7 p.m. 20 LAFAYETTE* 5 p.m. 26 at Colgate* 7 p.m.November 2 HOLY CROSS* 7 p.m. 3 ARMY* 5 p.m. 9 at Navy* 7 p.m. 10 at American* 4 p.m. 17-18 PL Tournament ~ TBA

    # La Salle Invitational, Philadelphia, Pa.$ Robert Morris/Duquesne Invitational, Pittsburgh, Pa.% Rose Hill Classic, Bronx, N.Y.^ Bucknell Invitational~ Patriot League Tournament at site of highest seed* Patriot League match HOME matches in bold caps at Davis GymAll Times Eastern

    2012 schedule

    2012 RosteRNo. Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/High School 2 Kadri Lutter So. S/RS 5-8 Saku Parish, Estonia/Audentes Sports Gymnasium3 Kellye Zobrist Jr. DS 5-7 Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep4 Kristen Titley Jr. OH 6-0 Coral Gables, Fla./Palmer Trinity School5 Jessica Serrato Jr. OH 5-10 Millbrae, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep6 Kat Tauscher Sr. S 5-9 Washington, D.C./National Cathedral School7 Rose Lewis Jr. S 5-9 Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara8 Morgan Mientus Jr. OH 5-10 Chicago, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep9 Meghan Wentzel Fr. S 5-9 San Anselmo, Calif./The Branson School10 Claire Healy Fr. OH 6-1 Tiburon, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep11 Amanda Hall So. MH 6-1 Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake12 Kebah Edoho Sr. MH 6-2 Odenton, Md./Arundel13 Kristen Gelenitis Fr. MB/RS 6-0 Brick, N.J./Red Bank Catholic14 Karen Campbell Fr. MH 6-2 Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate15 Sarah Morris So. RS/MH 6-0 Marietta, Ga./Alan C. Pope16 Hannah Young Jr. RS 5-11 McConnellsburg, Pa./Broadfording Christian Acad. (Md.)18 Katie Price Fr. L/DS 5-5 Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake19 Leylin Marroquin Jr. L 5-6 Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch

    Head Coach: Cindy Opalski (Southern Connecticut State 77), 23rd seasonAssistant Coaches: Anna Allison (Oral Roberts 04), Eighth season Caitlin Rimgaila (St. Johns 07), First season

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    Be a Bison

    The term student-athlete signifies something extraordinary on the campus of Bucknell University.

    Being a Bison means that you have the rare blend of physical skills along with the drive and passion needed to succeed at the highest level of collegiate athletics.

    Being a Bison also means that you are a scholar first and foremost. You believe that values associated with Division I athlet-ics, such as time management, leadership, teamwork and grace under pressure, are but a part of a well-rounded college experience.

    At Bucknell, our students, faculty and staff pride themselves as national leaders in upholding the scholar-athlete ideal that balances a challenging academic program with the demands of successful Division I athletics. Being a Bison means that you have pledged to be a student-athlete in the purest sense. In doing so, you will be rewarded for a lifetime.

    What it means to

    ... the pursuit of athletics in college need not interfere with a fellows studies, and if you give a boy a well developed body his brain will get the benefit of it.

    Christy Mathewson, in his book Won in the Ninth,

    written in 1910

    BeinG a Bison

    Junior Jessica SerratoPatriot League Academic Honor Roll

  • 2012 Bucknell VolleyBall2 www.BucknellBison.com2011-12

    PL Scholar-Athlete of YearKATELYN MILLER

    2011-12 ECAC Champion

    U.S. Olympic Trials QualifierMATTHEW SEGAR

    2011-12Academic All-District


    2011-12Academic All-District


    2011-12Lightweight All-American


    2011-12ABCA All-EastBOB DONATO

    2011-12Academic All-District

    2x PL Scholar-Athlete of YearCAROLINE TOLLI

    2011-12Academic All-District

    2x PL Outdoor Track MVPROB ARENT

    2011-12PL All-Academic Team


    2011-12Academic All-American

    PL Scholar-Athlete of YearCampbell Trophy Semifinalist


    2011-12PL All-Academic Team

    Mid-Major All-AmericanMIKE MUSCALA

    2011-12ECAC Champion

    U.S. Olympic Trials QualifierMIKE NICHOLSON

    2011-12Academic All-DistrictANNE ELLENBERGER

    2011-12Academic All-District


    Bucknell Bison Athleticssetting the stAndArd of excellence

    Bucknell takes great pride in its commitment to excellence on and off the playing fields. From Presidents Cups to Academic All-Americans to gradua-tion rates that are ranked annually in the national top-10, Bucknell is clearly at the head of the class when it comes to upholding the scholar-athlete ideal.

    According to federal data released by the NCAA each fall, Bucknells student-athlete graduation rate annually ranks in the top 10 among all Division I institutions. Bucknell has led the nation in graduation rates twice, and in the most recent survey in the fall of 2011, Bucknell ranked No. 4 in the nation.

    Bucknell has claimed a league-high 127 Patriot League Scholar-Ath-letes of the Year since the leagues inception as an all-sports conference in 1990-91.

    A total of 390 Bison appeared on the Patriot League Academic Hon-or Roll in 2011-12 after recording a GPA of 3.2 or better during their sports competition season. Among all BU student-athletes, 252 made the Deans List with GPAs of 3.5 or better in the fall 2011 semester.

    In addition to the 121 Capital One Academic All-Americans produced since 1970, Bucknell has also claimed 329 Academic All-District honor-ees over the same span, including 15 in 2011-12.

    Bucknell has earned 91 Patriot League championships in 22 years in the league. In addition, Bucknell has had 113 conference players of the year, 99 PL coaches of the year and a whopping 533 individual league champions from sports such as cross country, track & field, swimming & diving, tennis and golf.

    24 of Bucknells 27 varsity squads posted team GPAs of 3.0 or better in the spring of 2012.

    Bucknell has captured the Patriot League Presidents Cup, signifying the leagues all-sports champion, 17 times in the 22-year history of the affiliation, including 13 of the last 15 years.

    Bucknell ranks FIFTH in the nation (to Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford) in total number of Capital One Academic All-Amer-ica selections with 121.

    A major element in ensuring Bucknells commitment to athletics excel-lence is the Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center, which opened fully in 2003. One of the finest collegiate athletics facilities of its kind, the center includes the 4,000-seat Sojka Pavilion, the Olym-pic class Kinney Natatorium, the Krebs Family Fitness Center and the Berger Family Weight Room. A Hall of Fame area, a di