Women's Volleyball Adds Four Freshmen to 2017 Roster

Courtesy of Gil Talbot
Courtesy of Gil Talbot

Cambridge, Mass. (August 18) – The MIT women's volleyball team has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2017 season as four student-athletes join the program, which will be under the direction of reigning NEWMAC Coach of the Year Paul Dill.

"We are very excited to welcome another strong recruiting class into our MIT volleyball family," said Dill. "With their skill level and enthusiasm, we look to pick up right where we left off in 2016."

The Engineers' new additions include Emily Condon (Orange, Calif.), Katie Downey (Silverdale, Wash.), Francesca Macchiavello (Lexington, Ky.), and Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).

A three-time league and CIF champion at Villa Park High School, Condon was named All-League second team in addition to being selected as the 2016 Best Offensive Player. A middle blocker, she was a varsity letterwinner and the 2017 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Condon also played for Goldenwest VBC.

A two-time captain at Central Kitsap High School, Downey collected a trio of All-League accolades, was tabbed to the 2016 All-West Sound Conference Team, and was the Team MVP. The setter/right side helped her squad capture the 2015 Narrows League Championship while earning three varsity letters. Downey was also the captain of Olympic Premier Volleyball Club as well as Washington Elite Volleyball Club.

Playing libero for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Macchiavello was a captain, co-MVP, and four-time varsity letterwinner. From her high school, she received the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award and the Heisman Award. Macchiavello collected three All-City Team honors while her 2014 squad was Bluegrass State Games champions, KHSAA Region 11 champions, and KHSAA State Championship Final Four qualifiers. As a member of Lexington United Volleyball Club, she was a three-time AAU Volleyball Academic All-American and a PrepVolleyball Academic All-American second team honoree in 2017.

Competing for the Marlborough School as a setter, Maloney was the Sunshine League MVP, a Sunshine League first-team pick, and an All-CIF Southern Section Division 2 honoree. A captain, three-time varsity letterwinner, and team MVP, she earned a spot in the Marlborough School Hall of Fame. Maloney also played for Sunshine Volleyball Club.

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