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St. Thomas Notes/Links

November 07, 2010


St. Thomas Stats:

St. Thomas Notes

--St. Thomas has been ranked in the top 15 for a conference-record 62 polls in a row and in the top 25 for 69 consecutive polls.

--Eighth-year head coach Thanh Pham (TANG FAMM) recently surpassed 200 wins with the Tommies. Pham has built an overall record of 213-56 (.792), including a 78-10 (.886) record in regular-season conference matches.

--St. Thomas is in the NCAA playoffs for the 12th time (12-11 all-time record), and fourth year in row. Current assistant coach Dave Orren was the head coach in a span when UST qualified six years in a row from 1987-92, including regional final berths in 1990, 1991 and 1992. UST also has reached the region finals in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

--The Tommies are 6-2 this season against teams in this regional, with two losses to St. Olaf; two wins against both Concordia and UW-Eau Claire; and victories over Northwestern and Nebraska Wesleyan.

--Tommie senior All-American setter Emily Foster has 5,366 career assists and needs only 16 to move past St. Thomas record holder Jane Gibbs into second place on the all-time conference list.

--Foster has repeated as MIAC volleyball Player of the Year and leads five St. Thomas seniors on the 22-player All-MIAC first team.  It marks the sixth time in the last nine seasons that a Tommie was named conference volleyball MVP.  

--The Toms' other four all-conference honorees were middle blockers Jill Osborne and Tori Jones, and outside hitters Katie Bonine and Alesha Nelson.  Sophomore libero Kaitlain Wachter was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.  

--The five seniors helped St. Thomas share the MIAC championship -- the fourth year in a row St. Thomas won or shared the crown.

--The 28-6 Tommies are in the NCAA Division III playoffs, the school's sixth consecutive national playoff trip. The have reached trhe regional finals three of the lastfive seasons. The seniors have helped UST build a 103-20 record in their era, including a 52-4 record against conference opponents.  

--Foster won her fourth consecutive All-MIAC honor and has a chance to become the conference's first three-time AVCA All-American. In 130 career matches (473 sets) thus far, she has 5,366 assists, 1,293 digs, 285 blocks, 460 kills and 75 aces.

--Osborne, a repeat first-team All-MIAC pick, has played in 77 career matches (243 sets) thus far and has 557 kills, 118 blocks, 73 digs and is a .333 career hitter.

--Bonine has played two seasons with the Tommies and in 66 matches thus far (220 sets) has 617 kills, 618 digs, 55 blocks and 53 aces.

--Jones has played in 81 career matches (254 sets) thus far and has 509 kills, 142 blocks and 163 digs.

--Nelson has played in 101 career matches (353 sets) thus far and has 650 kills, 161 blocks and 161 digs.

--The Tommies are 6-1 at home this season. They have won 23 of the last 26 matches. Their six defeats have come against teams that all won 28 or more matches. 

 Action pic

 Katie Bonine (Greg Smith photo)



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