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Volleyball teams earn academic honors

The Women’s Volleyball Team celebrates after a match in 2018. Archived photo by Yusuf Tas

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2019

“Keeping the balance is difficult, especially in season. It mostly comes from experience. As a senior, I have been balancing long enough where I know how to dedicate the time I can to volleyball and use the rest of my time for academics,” senior Amber Gibson said.

Mercer Volleyball finishes season on highs and low

Mercer Volleyball finishes season on highs and low

Kyle Mullins, Sports Writer

November 29, 2018

The season is over for Mercer’s volleyball team after they lost in the second round of the SoCon tournament to no.1 seed East Tennessee State University. In the first round, the Bears played no. 5 seed Wofford and swept them in three sets, hardly even a contest. Brittany Major and Roberta Todd ...

Mercer Volleyball going into the SoCon tournament

Mercer Volleyball going into the SoCon tournament

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

November 15, 2018

This 2018 team has had a remarkably improved season over last year’s team, finishing the regular season 15-12 overall and 8-8 in the conference. So far this year three of the players have gotten over 200 kills, Brittany Major (254), Roberta Todd (277) and Paige Alsten leading with 330 kills. ...

Athlete Profile: Freshman volleyball Sensation Brittany Major

Brittany Major (#14) contributed 15 kills in Mercer's win over Western Carolina Friday night.

Ryan Weaver

November 14, 2018

Brittany Major has started her college career with a stellar first season, tallying 254 kills and 45 blocks this season. But her transition to college life and sport was helped along by the seniors on the team. “I would say Danielle Faust and Paige Alsten [have] really mentored me not through just athl...

Mercer Volleyball splits weekend at home

Brittany Major (#14) contributed 15 kills in Mercer's win over Western Carolina Friday night. Phot by Yusuf Tas.

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

September 24, 2018

The Catamounts came to Hawkins Arena Friday night deciding they were determined to give the Bears a run for their money. The first set went to the Catamounts, 21 - 25. The two teams traded the lead until the last couple of points where Western Carolina ran off to finish the set. Even with impressive...

Mercer Volleyball sweeps first three sets in home opener

Paige Alsten (5) and Olivia Sass (15) have a short celebration after a score.

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

September 6, 2018

Tuesday night, the Mercer volleyball team hosted Florida A&M for their first home game of the season after traveling on the road for two invitationals. Though the Bears seemed to make quick work of the Rattlers, beating them in under an hour and thirty minutes, Florida A&M’s team should n...

Volleyball​ ​welcomes​ ​Derek​ ​Schroeder​ ​as​ ​new​ ​coach 

Coach Derek Schroeder talks to his players.

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

August 25, 2017

Furious​ ​pace—it’s​ ​something​ ​Derek​ ​Schroeder​ ​has​ ​experienced​ ​in​ ​his​ ​first​ ​few​ ​weeks​ ​at​ ​Mercer, but​ ​it’s​ ​appropriate​ ​considering​ ​that’s​ ​exactly​ ​what​ ​he​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​incorporate​ ​into​ ​his​ ​new​ ​team.     Mercer​ ​announced​ ​the​ ​hiring​ ​of​ ​Schroeder​ ​July​ ​25​ ​as​ ​the​ ​new​ ​indoor​ ​and​ ​beach​ ​volleyball coach.​ ​He​ ​will​ ​replace​ ​Damian​ ​Elder,​ ​who​ ​left​ ​for​ ​personal​ ​reasons,​ ​according​ ​to​ ​the​ ​program.      "This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​day​ ​for​ ​Mercer​ ​volleyball​ ​and​ ​Mercer​ ​University​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole,"​ ​Mercer​ ​Athletics Director​ ​Jim​ ​Cole​ ​said.​ ​"Coach​ ​Schroeder​ ​is​ ​a​ ​proven​ ​winner​ ​with​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Southern Conference,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​cannot​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​see​ ​how​ ​he​ ​takes​ ​our​ ​indoor​ ​and​ ​beach​ ​volleyball​ ​programs​ ​to​ ​the next​ ​level​ ​as​ ​we​ ​aim​ ​for​ ​conference​ ​championships." 

Volleyball a family affair for Danielle Faust

Volleyball a family affair for Danielle Faust

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

March 30, 2017

"When I come out to beach or just playing doubles in general, it’s almost more at home for me,” Faust said. “I love relying on other teammates, but I like relying on me and one other person to get the job done."

Senior volleyball player on career at Mercer

Ellie James was injured all four years of playing volleyball at Mercer, but says she’s proud of how she’s been able to bounce back from so much time on the bench.

Ireal James, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2016

Despite being a gifted basketball and volleyball player, Mercer’s Ellie James decided volleyball would suit her best at the college level. While it's been a rough road for the volleyball player, the senior outside hitter continues on in her college career playing the sport. “All four ye...

Inside the Den: Softball’s Kaytlin Haney

Photo courtesy of Mercer Marketing.

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

April 1, 2016 What's it like moving from Texas to Macon, Georgia? Justin and Hayes are joined by softball's Kaytlin Haney on this week's episode of Inside the Den. The hosts talk to the senior about her career at Mercer as well as...

Tori Penrod and Emily Krogman: Dynamic duo in the sand

The sand volleyball team runs a drill on setting teammates up for a spike at practice.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

March 30, 2016

Six years ago, beach volleyball was not an NCAA-sanctioned sport. But in 2012, 16 schools started a program. Mercer was one of those first 16 teams. And after four competitive seasons, beach volleyball became the 90th NCAA championship sport in June of 2015. The sport now features 50 programs an...

Season Preview: Mercer Women’s Sand Volleyball Looks to Build on last Year’s Success

Season Preview: Mercer Women’s Sand Volleyball Looks to Build on last Year’s Success

Ahmed Jama, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2016

Women’s Sand Volleyball had one of the most successful seasons last year at Mercer’s including all other athletic programs on campus. In 2015 the Mercer Women reached the conference tournament final by beating a Stetson team which was ranked number 9 in the country. In the end however, Stetson bea...

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