Fairfield, CT – The defending NEC champion SHU women's volleyball team adds a dangerous weapon to the 2011 roster as Kimmee Roleder, a former captain at Southern California and a 2008 Pac-10 Conference honorable mention, will play her final collegiate season at Sacred Heart. Roleder missed her senior season at USC after suffering a knee injury in the spring, but will be at full strength when she arrives for preseason this fall. She played in 85 matches wearing a Trojan uniform and racked up 681 career kills against the nation's elite competition, 2.38 per set.
"Kimmee will bring exceptional athleticism and a wealth of experience at the highest levels of our sport to an already excellent and improving program," commented Sacred Heart head coach Rob Machan. "Kimmee is a dynamic attacker and a solid passer and defender. She is a world class athlete with a work ethic and team first attitude that is all too rare in elite athletes."
Roleder has also made an impact on the national volleyball scene playing for the Women's A2 National Team in 2008 as well as a successful U.S. Junior National Team in 2007. In 2009, she posted double-digit kills in 11 matches for USC, including a career high 18 against California. Kimmee puts on the red and white and will join her sister Amanda at Sacred Heart, an assistant coach for Machan entering her fourth season.
"I believe the story here is as much the development of the program as adding Kimmee to it," commented Machan. "As wonderful of a player as she is, the work the athletes on this team have put in the past four years in developing Sacred Heart volleyball into a regional powerhouse is what will continue to attract top players to our program."
Roleder could also be a force for the Pioneers at the net and on defense. The 6-2 Pasadena native has notched 170 career total blocks along with 1.79 digs per set. Roleder was named to both the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational and MSU Showcase all-tournament teams in 2009.
Roleder has only one season of NCAA eligibility remaining but is sure to be a force in the Northeast Conference in 2011. The Pioneers and Roleder will look to claim the program's second straight NEC title after Sacred Heart made history with a championship run in 2010.
"We feel that no other program can offer a better all around collegiate academic and athletic experience for the dedicated and talented student-athlete than Sacred Heart women's volleyball."