Team Details

Volleyball - Varsity Girls



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2017 Season Recap:

The Varsity team began the season with a very new and young team, many of whom were totally new to volleyball. Captains Caroline Leta, Izzy Gomes, and Kendall Roland led the team well, helping the new players learn positions and techniques. By the end of the season, we started winning a lot of sets and a couple matches, finishing the season 2-13 overall, 1-8 in the league. We will miss our departing seniors Jianing Hu, Caroline Leta, Abby Nelson, and Tessa Schneider.

2017 Award Winners:

MVP: Kendall Roland '20

Coaches Cup: Caroline Leta '18

ISL All-League: Kendall Roland '20

2017 Season Preview:

The Varsity Volleyball team will be looking to continue where last season left off, continuing the growth of our young program after its most successful season. We graduated many seniors off last year’s team, and a young, talented squad has joined the team to take their places. Leading the team are tri-captains Caroline Leta '18 (OPP), Izzy Gomes '19 (Setter), and Kendall Roland '20 (OH). Other returning players are Jianing Hu '18 (MH) and Lauren Salloum '18 (DS). New to the team are Abby Nelson ‘18 (DS), Tessa Schneider ‘18 (OH/OPP), Morley Pace ’19 (MH), Kate Rulon ’19 (OH), Sophie Butner ‘21 (Setter), Cassie Davidson ’21 (OPP), and Aislinn Gibson ’22 (MH).

Our season opens with a home match against the Rivers School on Friday, September 15. The team has been working hard to hone skills and coordinate with each other in preparation for it. After that we will move into our new home: Memorial Gym. The ISL accounted for a large number of tournament teams in last year’s class A and B championships, so we expect to face a lot of tough competition and are thrilled to have a great new venue in which to play those matches.

Already the team has a vibrant, positive energy to them. They have very quickly begun working together in supportive and fun ways. Coaches Allen and Schneider are excited with the direction the team is moving in and look forward to the upcoming season.

Go Tigers!



# Name Position Class Hometown
1 Caroline Leta (captain) Libero 2018 Marshfield Hills, MA
2 Lauren Salloum Libero 2019 Foxboro, MA
4 Isabella Gomes (captain) OH/Setter 2019 Norwell, MA
5 Kendall Roland (captain) Outside 2020 Duxbury, MA
6 Sophie Butner Setter 2021 Hingham, MA
7 Kate Rulon Outside 2019 Milton, MA
8 Tessa Schneider Outside/Opposite 2018 Weymouth, MA
9 Abby Nelson Defensive Specialist 2018 Canton, MA
10 Cassandra Davidson Opposite 2021 North Easton, MA
12 Jianing Hu Middle 2018 Braintree, MA
20 Morley Pace Middle 2019 Cohasset, MA

Coach Info

  • Christopher Allen
    Head Coach
    Christopher Allen comes to Thayer after working in private boarding schools for nineteen years. In the past he has taught many levels of physics as well as electronics, astronomy, physical science, algebra, geometry, and dance. Last year he joined the science department as a teacher of Integrated Science 1, all levels of robotics, and Astronomy. This year he is excited to continue with the newly revamped Integrated Science 1 and all levels of robotics, while creating and teaching the new Physics class as well.
    Christopher Allen also arrived at Thayer with an extensive athletic background. In addition to his own experience primarily as a cross-country skier, he had coached for all nineteen years in boarding schools, including eighteen seasons of volleyball and over a dozen seasons between tennis, fencing, and alpine skiing. Last year he joined Thayer's varsity volleyball team as the assistant coach, and this year he is excited to continue with the varsity volleyball team, this time as the head coach.
  • Carol-Ann Schneider
    Assistant Coach
    A New Hampshire native, Callie comes to Thayer after five years of experience at independent schools in New England and Florida. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Latin and Classical civilizations from Wheaton College (MA), where she was also a member of the women's basketball team. In addition to teaching Latin at Thayer, Callie coaches the girls' varsity volleyball and girls' middle school basketball teams and assists in coaching the track and field teams. Callie also serves as a freshman advisor. When not teaching, Callie is passionate about learning and traveling; she has studied and traveled extensively in the United States, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Peru. She particularly enjoys learning languages and experiencing different cultures.