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Head coach Johan Dulfer huddles and instructs the team during the Bomber Invitational on Aug. 31, 2018 in Ben Light Gymnasium.

Longtime volleyball coach announces retirement

By Billy Wood, Sports Editor March 19, 2024
Ithaca College Athletics announced March 18 that longtime volleyball head coach Johan Dulfer has decided to retire.
For the second year in a row, the Ithaca College volleyball team came out victorious in the Liberty League championship game on Nov. 11, sweeping the William Smith College Herons, 3–0, in the Ben Light Gymnasium.

Bombers win second straight Liberty League title in dominant fashion

By Farrell Hudson, Staff Writer November 13, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball team clinched its second straight Liberty League championship on Nov. 11, sweeping the William Smith Herons for the second time this season, (25–17, 25–13, 25–22).
Junior defensive specialist Ellie Benedict has taken part in the Ithaca College volleyball teams historic hot stretch. During the regular season, the team won 24 out of 25 sets in conference play.

Volleyball digs deep in historically dominant season

By David Schurter, Staff Writer November 8, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball program is in the midst of a historic dominant stretch. The team has compiled an overall record of 23–4, winning all eight matches against Liberty League opponents this season, including 24 of its 25 sets played. 
From left, junior middle blocker Anaya Prince and junior outside hitter Faith Sabatier leap for the ball in the Bombers 3–1 win on Senior Day.

Volleyball earns dominant win over Skidmore on Senior Day

By Alliey Magistro, Staff Writer October 7, 2023
The stands were packed with Bombers’ fans on Oct. 7, cheering on the Ithaca College volleyball team in its senior day matchup against Skidmore College. It was an intense game, but the Bombers were victorious, winning three out of the four sets. 
Junior defensive specialist Ellie Benedict prepares to receive a serve during the Bomber Invitational, a home-opening tournament hosted Sept. 15–16 in the Ben Light Gymnasium.

Volleyball invitationals highlight loaded match schedule

By John Baker, Contributing Writer October 3, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball team takes on a tall task every year, playing in several multi-header matchups against different teams; something atypical for other sports at the college.
From left, junior outside hitter Samantha Klemm and junior defensive setter Peyton Miller look on while sophomore middle blocker Ella Graper and first-year outside hitter Naomi Clauhs block at the net.

Volleyball thwarts Eastern University in four sets

By Farrell Hudson, Staff Writer September 30, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball team extended their winning streak to six games, emerging victorious over a reputable Eastern University Eagles squad in four sets (21–25), (25–22), (25– 17) and (25–15), improving their record to 11–3 prior to their first conference matchup. 
Senior middle hitter Jamie Koopman prepares to serve during the Ithaca College volleyball teams 3–0 sweep over Susquehanna University.

Volleyball caps off home invitational with 3–0 victory

By Farrell Hudson, Contributing Writer September 18, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball team capped off the three-game slate Sept. 16 by sweeping the Susquehanna University River Hawks in three sets, 25–17, 25–19 and 25–18. The Bombers improved to a creditable 7–3 record after the win. 

Volleyball bounces back with victory over SUNY Geneseo

By Farrell Hudson, Contributing Writer September 17, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball team got back to their winning ways against non-conference opponent SUNY Geneseo Sept. 16, emerging victorious in the fifth and final set following an arduous seesaw battle. 
From left, sophomore setter Maddie Cox prepares to defend while senior right side hitter Jamie Koopman spikes during the Bombers preseason scrimmage against Cornell University.

Volleyball taps talent with nationwide recruiting strategy

By Emma Kersting, Podcast Editor September 7, 2023
From the Atlantic to Pacific, the Ithaca College women’s volleyball team comes to the Finger Lakes region from across the country. Only two players on the 2023 roster are from New York State, and only four from the Northeast. 
Volleyball digs for second conference crown

Volleyball digs for second conference crown

By Emma Kersting, Podcast Editor September 1, 2023
Following last year’s success, the Ithaca College volleyball team has big plans for the fall 2023 season. 
Sophomore middle blocker Aleka Darko winds up for a spike in the Ithaca College volleyball teams 3–0 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Volleyball advances to conference finals with tight win over RIT

By Aidan Charde, Sports Editor November 4, 2022
Although the final stat sheet might make it seem to have been an easy win for the Bombers, the 3–0 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology was anything but.
The Ithaca College volleyball team sits at a record of 18–4 this season and won 13 straight matches between Sept. 16 and Oct. 13. During that stretch, the team lost just 10 sets while winning 39 and earned sweeps in six of the victories.

Win streak powers volleyball toward postseason competition

By Emma Kersting, Staff Writer October 19, 2022
The Ithaca College volleyball team has set themselves up for a strong season and continues to perform as strong competitors, at this point having an overall season record of 18–4.
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