Volleyball Season Preview

Volleyball Season Preview

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Aug. 30, 2017) – The Mercy College volleyball team begins their 2017 season on Friday, September 1st at the Hoffman Memorial Invitational at Bentley University. The Mavericks look to improve upon their win total from last season and make a push for an ECC Tournament spot under second-year Head Coach Georgia Efthalitsides.


Efthalitsides will look to six returners and a strong six-member recruiting class to lead the Mavericks to the ECC Tournament. 

"We are off to a great start in preseason! Our continued strength in defense coupled with the new offense recruited will build upon the success of last year," stated Efthalitsides. "I know that the preseason poll predicts us to come in last this season but I am confident that we will come in at least 5th place. I strongly believe that the teams in our conference will be surprised when they see us this year. Go Mavs!"

Leading the cast of returners is junior Brooke Runge who led the team with 570 assists in 2016 and was second on the team with 21 service aces. Also, coming back is senior Sa'Naya Johnson who appeared in 14 matches last season and had 64 kills and 16 blocks. Senior Danielle Sarasky also returns after posting a team-high 37 blocks and 50 kills.

Joining the Mavericks and expected to start are juniors Kaitlyn Partridge and Neysha Gonzalez and freshman Courtney Gebhardt. Partridge transfers in from Mt. San Antonio College and is coming off a season in which she appeared in 23 matches with 124 kills and 61 blocks. Gonzalez joins the Mavericks from Monroe College and appeared in 33 matches for the Mustangs in 2016, posting a team-high 496 digs. Gebhardt will contribute offensively and will look to help the team with her power along with her great team chemistry.

Looking to also contribute are freshmen Adriana Lopez-Soto and Nichole Rivera and sophomore Gabriella Fernandes. Lopez-Soto and Rivera join the team from Puerto Rico, while Fernandes produced 46 kills and 13 blocks in 2016.

Competing for time will be junior Leah Petty and sophomores Melissa Lamson-Lindsey and Jessica Berka. Petty had 95 kills as a sophomore and had 32 blocks. Lamson-Lindsey transfers in from Cheyney University and appeared in 27 matches and all 85 sets for the Wolves. Berka returns after appearing in eight matches and 15 sets a year ago.