PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown volleyball rising seniors Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) have been named captains for the 2014 season, Head Coach Diane Short announced on Tuesday. Brown's top returning libero and attacker, respectively, Conner and Lord will build upon the 2013 season that saw Brown earn its most wins since 2008 and best Ivy League finish since 2005.
"Both Maddie and Kathryn lead by example and have a true love of the game," Short said. "They understand team goals and take seriously their responsibilities as captains. I believe they will be the very best they can be this year as they lead the team to another successful season."
Conner was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball First Team and led Brown with 3.68 digs per set. Currently ranked fifth on Brown's all-time digs per set list (3.64), Conner logged double-digit digs in all but four matches and eclipsed the 20-dig mark twice. An All-Ivy performer in 2012, she opened the 2013 season with 20 digs in a five-set loss at New Hampshire and hustled for 21 digs in a 3-2 win at Penn that, at the time, lifted the Bears to second place in the Ivy League with one regular season match remaining.
A Second Team All-Ivy selection in 2013, Lord paced Brown with 2.69 kills per set to finish 10th in the Ivy League. The Bears' top server ranked fourth in the Ancient Eight with 30 aces while also tallying 1.19 digs per set. Lord turned in 11 matches with at least 10 kills and twice finished with 18 to help Brown earn wins over Dartmouth (Oct. 4) and Princeton (Oct. 11). As a junior, she was pivotal in Brown's late-season run to third place in the Ivy League standings and finished with double-digit kills in four of the team's last five matches.
Conner, Lord and the rest of the Bears open the 2014 campaign on Sep. 5 against the University of San Diego in the first of four matches at the San Diego State Aztec Invitational.