Volleyball Announces Incoming Class

Holy Cross Athletics   07-11-2019

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross volleyball head coach Kathleen Colpoys has announced the team’s incoming freshman class for the 2019 season.

“I am excited to welcome this incoming class of student-athletes to our program,” Colpoys said. “This group is extremely motivated and enthusiastic about achieving success athletically and academically at Holy Cross. I am looking forward to their careers ahead as they work together to elevate Holy Cross Volleyball.”

To learn more about the four student-athletes, see below.

Gracyn Benck | Outside Hitter | 6-0 | San Juan Capistrano, Calif. | St. Margaret’s Episcopal

  • A four-year member of the varsity volleyball team at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School under head coach Joaquin Acosta.
  • Served as team captain as a senior.
  • Two-time MVP (2016 & 2018) and three-time first team All-League selection (2015, 2016, 2018).
  • Named Orange County Varsity All-Second Team (2017).
  • Compiled 478 kills with a .370 hitting percentage.
  • Played for A4 Volley club team under head coach Joaquin Acosta.
  • Sister, Gabby, plays volleyball for Colgate.

 

Peyton Dewers | Outside Hitter/Right Side | 5-9 | Mission Viejo, Calif. | JSerra Catholic

  • A three-year member of the varsity volleyball team at Jserra Catholic High School under head coach Mike Murphy.
  • Played four years on the varsity beach volleyball team under head coach Mike Murphy.
  • All-Trinity League selection in 2018.
  • Played for the Tstreet Volleyball Club.

 

Grace Kenkel | Setter | 5- 7 | Gloucester, Mass. | Governor’s Academy

  • Played four years on the varsity volleyball team at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass., under head coach Jamie Brandt.
  • Team captain during senior year.
  • Team MVP in 2017 and 2018.
  • All-League honorable mention in 2015 and All-New England and First Team All-ISL in 2017 and 2018.
  • Once recorded 19 aces in one match.
  • Recorded more than 1,000 career assists.
  • Played four years on the varsity basketball team under head coach Erin O’Connell.
  • Basketball team captain during senior year.
  • Honored with Coaches' Award in 2019.
  • Also played for Team Evolution.

 

Emma VanSeveren | Libero | 5-7 | Davenport, Iowa | Assumption

  • Four-year member of the varsity volleyball team at Assumption High School under head coach Bre Scherler.
  • Served as team captain during senior year.
  • Awarded Team MVP (2018), Defensive Player Award (2017, 2018) and Highest Passing Efficiency (2017, 2018).
  • 2018 First Team All-Conference, All-District and All-Metro.
  • 2017-2018 Academic All-Conference.
  • Reached regional finals each year from 2015 to 2018, earning regional championships and reaching state quarterfinals in 2016 and 2018.
  • Second all-time in school history in digs per set (4.83).
  • Over career, played in 216 sets with 686 digs, 113 assists and 91 aces.
  • Played for Platform Elite Club under head coach Dawn Kerr.
  • 2019 Nationals and Windy City Qualifier Champions.
  • Member of the National Honor Society and Student Ambassadors.
  • Older sister, Sophie, will be a junior on the Holy Cross volleyball team.

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