Tommie volleyball completed the season with vigor, ending the year with an overall record of
9-17 and 4-7 in the MIAC. Coach Thanh Pham led the
team for his 13th consecutive year.
There were many individual accomplishments this
year. St. Thomas had two of the 23 student athletes on
the All-MIAC team: junior outside hitter Taylor Lewis and
senior middle blocker Kelly Biermann. Lewis led the
team in kills and points and had the second-most digs.
She played in 59 matches and accumulated 517 kills,
552 digs and 45 blocks. Biermann finished her career
with 180 total points, 149 kills, 84 digs and 58 blocks.
Biermann noted the unique leadership and dynamic
that motivated the team this season: “The team this year
was very young so the learning curve was pretty steep.
The junior class really stepped up to help lead, and the
freshmen did a great job of filling in the line up and
doing their best to learn from the older girls.” The 2015
roster included only two seniors, and younger players
filled bigger roles than in past years. The team will return
all of its starters but Biermann next season, entering
next year with familiar leaders and a continuation of this
The Tommies ended the season powerfully on Oct.
31 with a 3-0 win over Macalester in Schoenecker Arena.
This game joined a list of notable winning games this
season. Other successes included the team’s Sept. 30
3-0 victory over Hamline as well as the Sept. 19 3-0 win
With the growth and skill developed this season, the
team will enter next year incorporating the aptitude and
determination that contributed to their victories under
By Martha McKinley
Photo by Martha McKinley
hitney Lloyd spikes the ball at the Sept. 16 game against
mies circle up at their Sept. 30 victory against Hamline.
ore Maggie Krieger prepares to set on Oct. 21 against