Sarah Matesich: New Wave 2004, Now Leading Wittenberg Tigers

Sarah Matesich Wittenberg University
Setter / Defensive Specialist
New Wave 18 Gold, 2004

Sarah Matesich Tops Tigers in Assists

Sarah Matesich, Wittenberg University: Setting things up again in 2007 will be the duo of senior Sarah Matesich (Granville, Ohio/Newark Catholic). Matesich has topped the Tigers in assists each of the last two years and ranks in the top 10 in school history for career assists. Her leadership is key to the team's success and chemistry.

Sarah Matesich named 2nd Team All-NCAC

Sarah Matesich was named 2nd Team All-NCAC, and helps guide her team to NCAA Div. III Elite 8.

Wittenberg Rallies Past Hiram In Great Lakes Regional Semis: A key to the Tigers' success is junior setter Sarah Matesich (Granville, Ohio/Newark Catholic). The emotional leader of this team, Matesich did a lot of little things well when her team needed her most, finishing with 31 assists, three kills (in five attempts with no errors) and four digs. She did all that despite a nagging foot injury.

Wittenberg Tops Calvin To Win Great Lakes Regional Title: Junior setter Sarah Matesich (Granville, Ohio/Newark Catholic) led in assists with 21 as she continued to play through an injury.

Volleyball Mastery All in the Family; Matesich Sisters Excelled at NC, College
October 5, 2005: Kurt Snyder, Newark Advocate

NEWARK -- If Newark Catholic volleyball coach Jeri Helfer ever needs an extra setter, she will have to look beyond the Matesich family.

The Green Wave volleyball program had a wealth of setters in one house for several years. It started with Leigh Ann Matesich (1996-1999) and her sister Molly (1998-2001) during the late '90s and continued into the early part of this decade with Sarah, who graduated in 2004.

[Read the full article in the Newark Advocate]

Sarah Matesich Helps Wittenberg Climb to #3

Emily Dixon, Sarah Matesich and Searra Schell have helped the Wittenberg University volleyball team climb to No. 3 in the last latest NCAA Division III poll. The Tigers are 13-2 this season.

Dixon, a senior and a 2002 Granville graduate, leads the team in blocks. The middle hitter was named to the all-tournament team at the "Border Battle," which was hosted by Wittenberg and featured the top four teams in Ohio and Michigan.

Matesich, a 2004 Newark Catholic graduate, racked up 137 assists at setter in the same tournament. Schell, a 2005 Newark Catholic graduate, has seen time at outside hitter. She had 5 kills in the tournament.

Wittenberg is defending its NCAC championship.

Sarah Matesich: 2005 Wittenberg Season Outlook

Despite appearances, the 2005 Wittenberg volleyball team isn't starting over. After the best season in school history, which included a school-record 35 wins, a top-five national ranking, an eighth straight North Coast Athletic Conference championship and the second NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal appearance in the last three years, four All-American starters may have graduated, but the cupboard is hardly bare.

Seven returning letterwinners, including three starters, create an outstanding foundation from which to build this year's team.

One of the keys to the team's success in 2005 will be the play of two sophomores in line to handle chores at the setter position. Sarah Matesich (Granville, Ohio/ Newark Catholic) distributed 200 assists in 36 games while backing up three-time All-American Sarah Yuskewich.


Wittenberg Beats Oberlin in NCAC Action
Oct. 1, 2004

OBERLIN, Ohio — As the seven-year anniversary of their last North Coast Athletic Conference loss approaches, the Wittenberg Tigers continued their winning ways against Oberlin Friday night, defeating the Yeowomen 3-0. Game scores were 30-15, 30-17, 30-19.

Wittenberg's reserves got plenty of opportunities in this one, starting with freshman setter Sarah Matesich. After spending much of the 2004 season watching and learning behind two-time All-American Sarah Yuskewich, Matesich stepped in on Friday and contributed 34 assists and three service aces in her first extended collegiate action. Freshman outside hitter Jan Kehres played well, pounding a game-high 17 kills and also recording three service aces. And not to be overlooked, senior libero Emilie Schmid made her usual contributions with 18 digs.

The Tigers now head to Wooster for a date with their closest pursuer in the race for the 2004 NCAC regular season championship. The Scots improved to 3-0 in the NCAC with a win on Friday night, just one-half game behind the Tigers, who are now 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The match was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., but due to a surprise visit by President George W. Bush on the campaign trail, the two teams will now play at noon in order to avoid some of the expected traffic snarls.

Sarah Matesich Signs with Wittenberg University

Congratulations to Sarah Matesich, of New Wave 18 Gold, who will play for nationally ranked Wittenberg University this fall. Sarah will join former New Wave alum and All-American Monica McDonald on the 2005 Tiger squad. Sarah, daughter of Debbie and Jim Matesich, is a graduate of Newark Catholic HS.

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