Guilford Lands Three on All-ODAC Volleyball Teams

Christian Ritter '20, Tina Eucker '20, Khaira Bolden '21 (Emily Heck '21 photo)
Christian Ritter '20, Tina Eucker '20, Khaira Bolden '21 (Emily Heck '21 photo)

ASHLAND, Va. – For the first time since 1992, a school-record three Guilford student-athletes were named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) volleyball teams. Seniors Tina Eucker and Christian Ritter were named to the All-ODAC Second Team, while junior Khaira Bolden received third-team laurels as voted on by the league's coaches. The teams were announced at Saturday's ODAC tournament final.

Eucker, a 5-7 setter, earned all-league honors for the third-straight season after gleaning a second-team nod as a junior. She ranks fourth in the league through games of November 9 with 7.19 assists per set. Eucker had five games with 40 or more helpers, including a season-high 49 in a five-set win over Eastern Mennonite University. Her 718 total assists this season is the ninth-highest mark in program history. A member of the 2019 All-ODAC Tournament team, Eucker had 12 double-doubles, including a career-high 27-dig effort versus Greensboro College. She concludes her college career atop Guilford's all-time leaders in assists with 3,092 and assists per set with 8.49. She also ranks fifth in school history with a .947 serve percentage.

Ritter, a 5-5 outside hitter, also received All-ODAC laurels for the third year in a row. She led Guilford in kills (2.76), digs (3.74), and points (3.3) per set. Ritter ranks ninth in the ODAC in kills per set and eighth in points per set. Her .935 reception percentage stands ninth in school history.

Ritter notched 13 double-doubles this season. She had a season-high 17 kills, plus 21 digs, in a five-set win over Eastern Mennonite, one of her 15 matches with 10 or more kills. Ritter picked up 28 digs in the Quakers' October 10 win over Greensboro, one of her 17 tilts with 10+ digs. She is Guilford's all-time leader in reception percentage (.934) and ranks second in school history with 1,549 digs and 4.09 digs per set. Her 847 kills rank seventh in program history. Ritter and Eucker share fourth place with 131 career service aces for the Quakers.

Bolden, a 5-10 junior middle blocker, was named to the All-ODAC Third Team for the first time in her career. She led the team with a .306 hitting percentage, a mark good for sixth in the league and ninth-best in school history. Bolden's team-leading 72 blocks and 0.87 blocks per set ranked 10th and seventh in the ODAC, respectively.

The trio helped coach Emily Gann's Quakers to a 19-8 overall record, Guilford's best volleyball season since 1993. Guilford notched its first ODAC Tournament victory since 1997 with a quarterfinal win over the University of Lynchburg before being eliminated by the eventual champions, Virginia Wesleyan University, in the semifinal round. Gann hopes to return 13 letter-winners from the 2019 squad, including Bolden.

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