Northfield's Hajdusek helps Golden Bears to ECAC title

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Northfield's Carolyn Hajdusek (9) had a strong junior season for the Western New England women's volleyball team this fall, helping the Golden Bears to the ECAC New England title last weekend. Courtesy photo - WNE Athletics. (click for larger version)
November 18, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Carolyn Hajdusek was plenty busy this fall. The Northfield resident and Winnisquam Regional High School alum (Class of 2011) was still playing volleyball this past weekend, as the Western New England University women's team won its second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England championship with a tight 3-2 win over Smith College in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday.

After sweeping conference foe Endicott College in the semifinals earlier in the day, the Golden Bears captured the championship with a 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 18-25, 15-6 win over Smith (Mass.) at Western New England's Alumni Healthful Living Center. Hajdusek totaled 10 kills and four blocks in the title match, as the junior outside hitter helped Western New England to a final record of 25-9. She also had double digit kills with 10 in the semifinal victory over Endicott.

Hajdusek, who was in town to watch the Bears fall in the Division III state championship match to Nute earlier this month, had four kills in her team's 3-0 sweep of the University of New England (Maine) in the ECAC quarterfinals. The Golden Bears of WNE found themselves in the ECACs after falling to top-seeded Roger Williams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals in four sets on Nov. 7. That loss came two days after another win over the University of New England in the CCC quarterfinals.

The outside hitter helped WNE to a 22-9 mark over the course of the regular season, as the Golden Bears went 5-3 in the CCC during the regular season and a solid 8-2 at home.

Hajdusek appeared in all 34 matches this season, totaling 152 kills, 28 digs and 31 total blocks. WNE did not make any trips to the Granite State for away matches during the 2013 schedule.

As a sophomore in 2012, Hajdusek was named to the Academic All-Commonwealth Coast Conference team. She contributed 10 service aces, 18 total blocks and 66 digs in 42 sets played. Her best match of the season came against Wentworth, as she finished with eight kills and a .438 attack percentage on 16 attempts. Hajdusek's 14 digs against Babson was a season-best.

She played in 55 sets as a freshman, compiling 54 kills and 77 digs for the Golden Bears.

Hajdusek starred for Winnisquam, leading the Bears to the 2010 state championship while finishing just shy of 500 career kills. For her efforts, Hajdusek was named the Division III Player of the Year in 2010. She was also a standout on the softball diamond, pitching Winnisquam to the Final Four during her senior season.

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