Emmaus’ Bond earns D-11 MVP
From her sophomore year to her junior year Emmaus volleyball player Caroline Bond saw improved play, not only individually but also from the Green Hornets program.
Bond finished her junior campaign with 863 assists and 258 digs on her way to earning District 11 MVP honors.
“It’s a great honor because I worked really hard to get to where I am,” said Bond. “Last year I was more passive, and this year, as an upperclassmen, I knew I had to be more aggressive and be more of a leader. I gained a lot of experience in the offseason and just matured as a player this year.”
Head coach Gwen Millets is happy to be able to pencil in Bond into her lineup.
“Caroline is a dynamic setter and one of the best, if not the best, that we’ve seen at Emmaus,” said Millets. “She’s intelligent, thoughtful and hard-working. Our hitters are comfortable with her and they trust her as a player, a setter and the leader on the court. She has beautiful sets and knows where to put the ball to maximize our offense. She’s a tremendous defensive player as well and has accumulated alot of digs over her three seasons at Emmaus. She’s also one of our best blockers. Caroline is a triple threat.”
Bond helped guide Emmaus to a 22-6-3 overall record in 2017, having qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 4A tournaments. The Green Hornets also won the First Kill Tournament at Freedom High School and the Bulldog Classic at Wilson High School, both in September.
“Looking back on this year, I think that we had a lot of team chemistry both on and off the court,” Bond said. “We worked well together and had a lot of fun playing together.”
Joining Bond with postseason honors from District 11 are seniors Adelina Rivera-Woolard (second team) and Georgia Traynor (honorable mention), and sophomore Macy Van Den Elzen (second team).
These four Green Hornets were also named to EPC All-Star teams. Bond and Rivera-Woolard earned first-team recognition, and Traynor and Van Den Elzen were both on second-team honorees.
“We are so honored to have so many of our student-athletes named as all-stars,” Millets said. “They certainly deserve the recognition and I am so proud of them.”
To add to the postseason accolades for Emmaus, Bond, Rivera-Woolard and Van Den Elzen all were voted to the PIAA 4A All-Star team. The three representatives by the Green Hornets was the most by a school in 4A.
“All three are exceptional student-athletes,” said Millets. “Not only are they fantastic volleyball players as you can see from their season stats and accolades, but they are tremendous kids off the court as well. Each one of them added something special to the team this year. Three different personalities and playing styles that all work really well together and complement one another as well as the team.”
The 2018 season also looks bright for Emmaus, as Bond and Van Den Elzen will both be back.