Program History

After achieving varsity status in 1980, the Babson women's volleyball program rose to regional prominence in the early 1990s, going a combined 74-30 over a four-year stretch. The Beavers' run of success culminated in 1993 with a 21-7 record and a third-place finish in the NEW 8--the team's highest conference finish ever.

Following some moderate success in the late 1990s, Babson returned to top form in 2001, going 17-12 for the team's highest win total in eight years. In addition, the Beavers once again ranked among the nation's leaders in service aces, recording 4.02 aces per game to place fourth in the country. The team then recorded another 17-win season in 2002, while claiming the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational Tournament Championship and qualifying for the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time in three years.

Following the return of program legend Tonya Strange '94 as the team's head coach in 2006, the Beavers went on to reach new heights over the next few years. In 2007, Babson posted double-digit wins (11) for the first time in six years and earned its highest seeding in the conference tourney in more than a decade. Then in 2008, Babson posted an oustanding record of 16-12, tied for fourth in the conference standings - its best finish since 1993 - and earned the program's first-ever bid to the ECAC New England Tournament. The squad was led by star middle Caitlin O'Neill '10, who joined Strange, Barbara Wong, Alexa Schmidt, Cara McInnis, and Erika Varga as the only players in team history to earn All-Conference accolades to that point. The following year, that group welcomed two more members, as Meg Flaherty '12 and Nina Milovanovic '11 garnered All-NEWMAC honors - marking the first time in team history that multiple players received league recognition.

In 2011, Babson welcomed new head coach Eric Neely, who promptly led the Beavers to a 17-13 record - the team's highest win total since 2002 - as well as their first NEWMAC Tournament bid in two years. Anchoring the lineup once again was Flaherty, who graduated as the program's all-time leader with 1,378 career kills while also becoming the first player in team history to earn All-Conference honors in three consecutive seasons. That set the stage for a magnificent 2012 campaign which saw Babson go 22-8 - matching the best record in team history - despite an extremely young roster that included eight first-years. Star hitter Mary Donahue '16 exploded onto the collegiate scene, posting 384 kills and setting a single-season program record with a .305 hitting percentage to earn All-Conference honors and Babson's first-ever NEWMAC Rookie of the Year award. Neely was also honored as the program's first NEWMAC Coach of the Year, and setter Kathleen Lynch '13 graduated as the Beavers' all-time leader with 3,631 assists.

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