Veteran Thelen ready to lead SHU Volleyball in 2018
Sep06

Veteran Thelen ready to lead SHU Volleyball in 2018

Entering her fourth season at Seton Hall, senior captain Abby Thelen knows how vital veteran leadership can be for a team. One of five seniors on this year’s women’s volleyball squad, Thelen is eager to share her experience and knowledge with some of her younger teammates. “We have a lot of seniors this year, so I think all of us seniors need to lead the team really well,” Thelen said. “This isn’t new to us, so we need to be really...

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Thelen, Koska dominate at Blue & White Classic
Aug25

Thelen, Koska dominate at Blue & White Classic

Seton Hall volleyball opened its season this weekend at the Blue and White Classic hosted by the University of Buffalo, going 2-1 on the weekend with strong performances from veterans Abby Thelen and Caitlin Koska. In the first game of the weekend, the Pirates faced North Dakota State University. The Hall was never able to grab a lead in the first set, as North Dakota scored five straight points to open a 14-7 lead. The Pirates...

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Fall at the Hall: Autumn action approaching
Jun19

Fall at the Hall: Autumn action approaching

Soon, school will be back in session, which means the beginning of what is to be a long year for Seton Hall Athletics. With the fall sports season right around the corner, take a look at where each team stands heading into 2018: Women’s Soccer: Nick Santoriello The Seton Hall women’s soccer team will hope to bounce back from a tough season last fall. Entering his fifth season at the helm, head coach Rick Stainton will look to improve...

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Postseason absence doesn’t dampen Pirates’ milestone-filled season
Nov29

Postseason absence doesn’t dampen Pirates’ milestone-filled season

After three months of drama and excitement, the Seton Hall volleyball team finished with a 16-15 overall record and 10-8 in the Big East. The Pirates finished fifth in the conference, meaning that unlike last season, they missed the Big East tournament, which features the top four teams in the conference. However, numbers and the final position in the standings does not tell the story of their season. The Pirates played hard from...

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Seton Hall fall in bittersweet Senior Night send-off
Nov19

Seton Hall fall in bittersweet Senior Night send-off

South Orange, N.J – The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team fell to the Xavier Musketeers on Senior Night in a hard-fought five-set loss. The fourth-place Wildcats of Villanova had already won earlier on in the day, meaning the Pirates were regardless of win-or-loss, destined to finish the regular season one place shy of cracking the top four and securing a berth in the Big East tournament. The first set of the game was the most...

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For Kenneweg, another postseason shot awaits
Nov15

For Kenneweg, another postseason shot awaits

The 2014 season was a historic one for Seton Hall’s volleyball team, as the team earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In 2017, it is still widely remembered and talked about. However, only one member of this season’s team is still at Seton Hall to tell the tale. “It was very overwhelming for me as a freshman, I try to bring whatever I can to this team this year,” senior libero Sarah Kenneweg...

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Pirates move into tournament position with efficient four-set win
Nov11

Pirates move into tournament position with efficient four-set win

The Seton Hall volleyball team (16-13 overall, 10-6 Big East) took down the St. John’s Red Storm (15-16 overall, 7-9 Big East) for the second time this season to earn sole possession of fourth place in the Big East conference. At this stage in the season, every game for the Hall takes on added significance, with only the top four teams advancing to the Big East Tournament. Coming into the match, Seton Hall was tied with Villanova for...

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Volleyball wins five-set battle over Georgetown
Nov05

Volleyball wins five-set battle over Georgetown

With the backdrop of a Friday night loss to Villanova that put the Seton Hall volleyball team out of the Big East Tournament picture, the Pirates prevailed over the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday in a five-set match that put them back in postseason position. The first set created the tone for the match as there were nine ties and seven lead changes. Georgetown would ultimately take command of the set with a 7-2 run which helped them...

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SHU volleyball having a season to remember with postseason in sight
Nov01

SHU volleyball having a season to remember with postseason in sight

At 14-12 (8-5), the Seton Hall volleyball team is in fourth place in the Big East and as it stands right now, that would be good for yet another conference tournament appearance. After losing players like Tessa Fournier and Danielle Schroeder to graduation, 2017 looked like it would be a rebuilding year for the Pirates. However, after winning seven of its last 10 games, Seton Hall is looking like a dangerous team in the heart of...

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Marathon match against Marquette ends in defeat
Oct29

Marathon match against Marquette ends in defeat

Seton Hall and Marquette went the distance on Saturday night in an emotional, five-set match which saw the Golden Eagles come out on top. The Pirates started slow out of the gate, and Marquette capitalized by quickly jumping to a 10-5 lead in the first set The Pirates were able to claw their way back, thanks largely in part to key digs from libero Sarah Kenneweg. The impact was a continuation of good things for Kenneweg, who picked up...

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Seton Hall downs DePaul in straight sets
Oct27

Seton Hall downs DePaul in straight sets

Seton Hall came into Friday night looking to duplicate the outcome from their first matchup with DePaul on Sept. 3, a 3-0 win and did so on the back of a strong night from Dominique Mason, who led the Pirates with 13 kills. The Pirates opened the first set strong as they took a 6-3 lead. This lead continued to grow and was extended to 10-6 after a strong kill by Amanda Rachwal up the middle The Pirates continued their early aggression...

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Past motivations play into aspirations for Seton Hall’s Thelen
Oct25

Past motivations play into aspirations for Seton Hall’s Thelen

Abby Thelen began playing volleyball at the age of 12, participating on club teams in her native Fort Mitchell, Ky. The sport soon became her passion. However, volleyball served up its obstacles like the one delivered to her at age 14, when she was cut from her club team. Suddenly, Thelen was out of her element; off the court, and not liking it one bit. Instead of accepting defeat, Thelen used the experience to fuel her fire and...

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