Austin, Foerster and Gettings Named Volleyball Captains
GORHAM, Maine -- Seniors Kylee Austin (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern), along with sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine), have been named captains for the University of Southern Maine volleyball team for the 2019 season. Sixth-year head coach Diane Newell made the announcement recently.
This is the second season that Austin has served as a captain. Gettings and Foerster are captains for the first time.
"I am excited about our leadership team. Each of them brings something different to the table and offers the team a solid body of leadership to help us move towards our goals," commented Newell. "Kylee has been a captain for two years now, and has truly grown as a leader and role model for her teammates. She is the embodiment of what a captain should be for her team. I am excited to add Meg and Kacey to help Kylee out this season. They are each very driven, organized, and extremely hard working."
The Huskies career leader in block assists (95), and third in total blocks (155), Austin started all 29 matches, and played in all 99 sets, in 2018. A middle hitter, Austin had 162 kills (1.64 kills per set) and a .207 attack percentage to go along with 74 total blocks. A business management major (entrepreneurship/small business track), Austin ranks 10th in career attack percentage.
An outside hitter, Gettings played in all 29 matches, starting 15, and finished the season ranked second on the team in kills (189) and kills per set (1.95). A nursing major, Gettings earned a spot on the Little East Conference Fall All-Academic team the past two years and is a two-time recipient of the Athletic Department's William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award.
The team leader in kills last season, Foerster played in all 29 matches knocking down 274 kills (2.80 kills per set). An outside hitter, Foerster also had 142 digs and 18 total blocks. She posted her first career double-double with 20 kills and 18 digs against Mt. Holyoke. An English major, Foerster also earned a spot on the LEC Fall All-Academic team.
Southern Maine, 2-1 after its opening weekend, travels to Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday (7 p.m.) for a non-conference match.