Volleyball Announces 2018 Fall Schedule, Newcomers

Volleyball Announces 2018 Fall Schedule, Newcomers

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team is just a few months away from preseason preparations for their 2018 campaign, and today they released their schedule and roster for the upcoming season. The Owls welcome four new faces to the fold this season, who alongside nine returning players should make for an excellent squad looking to build off of a strong foundational year in 2017.

"I am truly excited about the 2018 volleyball season," head coach Nicole Reiley said. "Our coaching staff is very proud of our returning players as they have trained very hard during the off-season. We have worked to push our tempo which will help us be more dynamic in match play."

Reiley is also looking for big things from her four incoming first-years. "We will look for our freshmen class to step in and join our returners to elevate the level in our gym. We hope that our team will continue to build momentum over the course of the summer to make the statement in preseason that we're here to compete."

The Owls will open their season with a big road trip to central Virginia. Bryn Mawr will kick things off on August 31st with matches against Delaware Valley and Mary Baldwin at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, then follow that up with two more matches the following day against Salem and Catholic at Bridgewater College. After that long road trip to begin the season, the Owls will return home to Bryn Mawr for a long five-match homestand through mid-September. Opponents for Bryn Mawr in that stretch will include Immaculata, Valley Forge, Goucher, Penn State Brandywine, and their first Centennial Conference foe in Johns Hopkins. Other non-conference matches this season for Bryn Mawr include a tilt against Bryn Athyn, who the Owls have a 7-0 all-time record against, and Rosemont, who Bryn Mawr defeated 3-1 in a thrilling match last season. In conference, Bryn Mawr will also face off against Gettysburg, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, and Franklin & Marshall at home. Bryn Mawr will take on Ursinus, the last Centennial Conference win the Owls netted back in 2015, in their final match of the season on October 27th. Also of note, the Gettysburg match will come as part of the Homecoming celebration on September 29th, as the volleyball match will be the final game of the day in the Bryn Mawr athletics complex at 5:00 PM.

The entire Bryn Mawr volleyball schedule can be found by clicking the "Schedule/Results" link in the navigation above. Below, check out a profile on each of the four incoming Owls players.

Penelope "Penny" Newall - Setter - Chapel Hill, N.C.

High School: Carrboro
Height: 5-8
Club Team: Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club
Academic Interest: Philosophy/Pre-Law
- Mid-State 2A All-Conference Team
- Back-to-Back 2A State Champions
- 2016 East Carolina Region MVP
- Carolina Region All-Tournament Team
Why Bryn Mawr: "It just felt right when I came to Bryn Mawr. I love the atmosphere and couldn't imagine spending the next four years anywhere else."
Favorite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Favorite Quote: "The question isn't who's going to let me, the question is who's going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
Personal: Penny is the daughter of John and Jennifer Newall...has an older brother Jack who plays lacrosse at Furman and a younger sister Evie who plays club volleyball for CHAVC...Mother played volleyball at Manhattanville College

Coach Snapshot: "Penny is exactly the type of player we want and need in our gym. She is coming to us after an incredible run of two straight state championship wins, so she will bring a winning mentality and competitiveness to Bryn Mawr volleyball. We will rely on her vision, athleticism, and volleyball IQ to carry over to our team in 2018."

Penny Newall diving dig

Jane Rand - Defensive Specialist/Setter - San Francisco, Calif.

High School: University High School
Height: 5-3
Academic Interest: Biology/Neuroscience/Italian/Pre-Med
- Volleyball team captain
- Softball team captain and MVP of league
Why Bryn Mawr: "I chose to go to Bryn Mawr because I loved the people that I met when I visited. I also liked that Bryn Mawr is a women's college in a consortium and is so close to Philadelphia. I'm very excited to be attending next year!"
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption or The Sting
Favorite Quote: "Great moments are born from great opportunity." - Herb Brooks
Personal: Jane is the daughter of Andrew Rand and Sharon Yau...has an older sister Claire who is currently a sophomore at Smith College...Jane loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities, reading books, watching TV/movies, and listening to music

Coach Snapshot: "I am happy that Jane will be joining our volleyball team at Bryn Mawr. She will bring ball control and intensity to our team in 2018. She was a setter in high school and will add depth at the setting position but will compete for playing time as a defensive specialist immediately."

Jane Rand serving


Nicole Wood - Setter - Riverside, Conn.

High School: Greenwich
Height: 5-7
Club Team: CP-AC 18 National
Academic Interest: Biology/Pre-Med
- Team Captain (2017-18)
- 2017 FCIAC Champion
- 2017 State Champion
- 2016/2017 West Division Champions
- First-Team All-State (CIAC)
- First-Team All-FCIAC
- MVP of State Tournament
- Player of the Year
- Board of Education Recognition for winning state tournament and making All-State team
Why Bryn Mawr: "The minute I walked onto Bryn Mawr's beautiful campus I had a feeling that this was the place for me. Everyone I met was welcoming and encouraging, giving me the sense that this was the type of atmosphere which I could thrive in for the next four years."
Favorite Movie: The Martian or Midnight in Paris
Favorite Quote: "If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now." - Marie Osmond
Personal: Nicole is the daughter of Thomas and Ariadna Wood...her father is from England and her mother is from Argentina...has an older sister Victoria who is currently a senior at Sarah Lawrence College

Coach Snapshot: "Nicole is a fierce competitor on the court. She is coming to us after winning a state championship during her high school season and had a successful club season as well. She is extremely coachable and she pushes herself to get better. We will heavily rely on her ball control and athleticism to push our team in 2018."

Nicole Wood setting


Aaliyah Joseph - Defensive Specialist/Opposite - Portland, Ore.

High School: De La Salle North Catholic
Height: 5-6
Academic Interest: Urban Studies and Public Policy
Why Bryn Mawr: "Bryn Mawr's commitment to being social aware and providing women and women of color the opportunity to continue their studies all played into my commitment to being an Owl."
Favorite Movie: Moonlight by Barry Jenkins
Favorite Quote: "I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world." - Tupac Shakur
Personal: Aaliyah is the daughter of Nigel Joseph and Cassandra Nolen...has a brother named Aaron Joseph...is double-jointed in both shoulders

Coach Snapshot: "I am looking forward to watching Aaliyah develop as a player on the court. She will have to work hard to adjust to the pace of the game but has great enthusiasm that will push our team in a positive direction."

Aaliyah Joseph receiving serve