2013 Bowling Green Falcons Volleyball Preview

Updated 8/26/2013


Courtesy of Bowling Green Athletic Communications
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team, of Head Coach Danijela Tomic, welcomes back nine players from a team that went 22-11 in 2012, winning the Mid-American Conference Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 
Coaching Staff
Head Coach Danijela Tomic made a bang in her first season in Bowling Green, leading the Falcons to a 22-11 record and the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament win. Tomic enters her ninth season as a head coach overall, with a career record of 180-72. Tomic will be joined by second-year assistant coach Jessica Hohl, and first-year assistant Rodnei Santos. The staff will be rounded out by first-year volunteer coach Madeline Amon and first-year Director of Volleyball Operations Jordan Cravens. 
Returning Players
The Falcons return nine players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, including 5-of-6 starters. Seven seniors return, including all-MAC first team performers Lindsey Butterfield (LS), Paige Penrod (LS), and Danielle Tonyan (RS). Laura Avila, a senior setter, also returns after starting all 33 matches last season, while middle Kaitlyn Skinner also returns. Seniors Ashley Dunn (Libero) and Libby Dachenhaus (DS) also return for the Falcons, in addition to juniors Kelsey Bates and Erica Fullenkamp. 
The Falcons will round out the 2013 roster with nine newcomers, including eight freshman and one graduate student. Allison Papenfuss, a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at Bowling Green, joins the volleyball program for her fifth year of eligibility as she pursues a master’s degree. The eight freshman include three defensive specialist/liberos (Madeline Garda, Delaney Arkeilpane, and Amanda Schiavo), one setter (Anna Starr), one middle (Alyssa Maloney), and three outside hitters (Carlyn Stella, Jelena Sunjic, and Desi Klaer).
MAC Championship Recognition
The 2012 Mid-American Conference champions will be recognized on Friday, August 30, when the Falcons play Marquette inside the Stroh Center. That game will be part of the Hampton Inn Invitational. 
Defending The MAC Title
The Falcons look to continue building in Tomic’s second season. A year after finishing the regular season just one win shy of the MAC title, the Falcons will look to win the regular season in addition to the MAC Tournament this year. The Falcons are also looking to take their run in the NCAA Tournament a step further, as they lost in the second round to Penn State in 2012. 
Hampton Inn Invitational
With perhaps the best field in the tournament’s history, the Falcons will host the Hampton Inn Invitational to begin the regular season on August 30-31. In addition to Bowling Green, No. 13 ranked BYU, No. 25 ranked Creighton, and Marquette will participate in the tournament held at the Stroh Center. The tournament will kickoff with a matchup of two ranked foes, as BYU and Creighton will play on August 30 at 4:30 p.m. The Falcons will then begin their regular season with a match against Marquette. The next day, BGSU will take on Creighton (10:00 a.m.), BYU will face Marquette (12:30 p.m.), and then the Falcons will host the highest ranked foe to ever play inside the Stroh Center, facing BYU at 7:00 p.m. on August 31. 
BGRSO Flagship
This season, the Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization will have flagship coverage of BGSU Volleyball. The largest run student radio sports organization in the country, BGRSO will broadcast all Falcon volleyball games online through BGSUFalcons.com.