Volleyball—Program Overview

Colby volleyball has been a varsity sport at the College since 1991. During its short history, the program has attained success within New England and across the country. The program earned a first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament bid in 2005, earned a national ranking of 19, and won Colby’s first NESCAC team tournament title.

The Mules also have won six Maine State Championships, been NESCAC runner-up once, and received one Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament bid.

Outside hitter Jackie Bates ’98 (Spokane, Wash.) first put the program on the map with her incredible all-around abilities. She continues to hold four school records. For her accomplishments, Bates was the first Colby volleyball player to have her jersey retired.

Outside hitter Cait Cleaver ’06 (Kennett Square, Pa.) was named to the 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association National All-America Third Team and became Colby’s only player to ever receive such an honor. Cleaver also earned the NESCAC Player of the Year honor that season and also had her uniform retired in 2010.

Cleaver was the New England and NESCAC Rookie of the Year after the 2002 season. In that same year Kimberly Prescott ’03 (Buena Park, Calif.) and Cleaver were Colby’s first-ever players to be selected to the Regional All-America Team.

Cleaver was the only junior ever to attain more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career and only the second Colby player to accomplish this feat (Amanda Cuiffo ’02 was the other). She finished her career as the Mules’ all-time leader in both kills (1,712) and digs (1,648). The digs record has since been broken.

Kaitlin Adams ’06 (Athol, Mass.) had a storybook ending to her career in 2005 by being selected to the Regional All-American First Team, NESCAC First Team, NESCAC All-Academic Team, and CoSIDA District I All-Academic Team. She holds the school record for hitting percentage for a season with a .333 average.