St. Francis Volleyball

2005 State Champions

12-Time Sac-Joaquin Section Champions:

1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012

21-Time League Champions

1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017


Holy Court to be Broadcast Tape-Delayed by Access Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball match at Christian Brothers on Thursday, Sept. 3 will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by Access Sacramento. The broadcast is scheduled to be shown on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

Access Sacramento can be seen on Comcast and Consolidated Communications (SureWest) cable on Channel 17 and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 14 and 99. Broadcasts are also streamed on the internet on www.AccessSacramento.org (Push Watch TV Channel 17).


Volleyball Falls in Five Sets to Oak Ridge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Oak Ridge pulled out a 3-2 win over St. Francis Monday night in the Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation game in the season opener for both schools. Oak Ridge held on to claim the fifth set 15-11 after posting a 2-0 lead in the match.

“It was a great opener for us,” said Head Coach Alynn Wright. “The kids showed a lot of heart and desire. They played for each other. We had some adversity in the match and it would have been easy for them to fold because of their youth. I thought they rose to the occasion.”

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Where Are They Now? – Volleyball

Anna Baytosh ’14 (Chico State)

The St. Francis volleyball program has 18 alumnae on collegiate rosters this fall across all NCAA Divisions. Pepperdine standout Gabi Palmeri leads a talented group of players taking the court this season after starring for Head Coach Alynn Wright and St. Francis.


2015 Varsity Volleyball Roster

2015 St. Francis Varsity Volleyball Team: 
First Row (L to R): Madelyn Schildmeyer, Taylor Ngo, Olivia Birmingham, Bailey Avery, Kelsey Grover, Emily Davis, Abby Fitzgerald, J.J. Smith. Back Row (L to R): Nina Sanfilippo, Jessica Gianulias, Kathryn Kramer, Clare Barbe, Aiyu Aimufua, Claire Schutz, Ashlynn Fresques, Carly Simpson.
Number Name Position Height Class
1 Abby Fitzgerald* S 5-7 Senior
2 Ashlynn Fresques OH 5-11 Senior
3 Olivia Birmingham RS/DS 5-6 Junior
4 Kathryn Kramer MB 5-10 Freshman
5 Carly Simpson* OH/DS 5-10 Sophomore
6 Kelsey Grover* S 5-7 Junior
7 Madelyn Schildmeyer S 5-8 Sophomore
8/18 Taylor Ngo DS/L Junior Sophomore
9 Claire Barbe RS 6-0 Junior
10 Claire Schutz OH 6-0 Junior
11 Jessica Gianulias MB 5-11 Junior
13 Nina Sanfilippo* RS 5-10 Senior
15 Bailey Avery DS/OH 5-6 Junior
17 Emily Davis DS/L 5-4 Junior
21 Aiyu Aimufua* M 6-2 Sophomore
24 J.J. Smith OH 5-10 Freshman

Head Coach: Alynn Wright (27th Season)

Assistant Coaches: Bill Hanrahan (16th Season), Taryn Wright ‘05 (Second Season)

*Returning Letterwinners

Roster By Class

Seniors (2): Abby Fitzgerald, Ashlynn Fresques, Nina Sanfilippo.

Juniors (8): Baily Avery, Clare Barbe, Olivia Birmingham, Emily Davis, Jessica Gianulias, Kelsey Grover, Taylor Ngo, Claire Schutz.

Sophomores (3): Aiyu Aimufua, Madelyn Schildmeyer, Carly Simpson.

Freshmen (2): Kathryn Kramer, Jayliana Smith


2015 Junior Varsity Volleyball Roster

2015 St. Francis JV Volleyball Team: Front Row (L to R): Gracie Hause, Shannon Kane, Maggie Malaney, Camielle Enes, Aubrey Kenny, Abby Erckenbrack. Back Row (L to R): Jessica Ponik, Kristine Runnberg, Lauren Dodier, Carly Deterding, Mady Enos, Claire Mellberg, Julianne McElderry, Aine Colgan.
Number Name Position Height Class
1/1 Aubrey Kenny L/DS/OH 5-5 Soph.
3 Maggie Malaney OH 5-7 Soph.
4 Claire Mellberg OH 5-8 Soph.
7 Lauren Dodier MB 5-9 Soph.
8/9 Abby Erckenbrack DS/L 5-7 Soph.
10 Carly Deterding M 6-1 Fr.
11 Camille Enes S 5-1 Fr.
12 Maddy Enos S 5-9 Soph.
13 Shannon Kane S 5-7 Soph.
14/6 Gracie Hause DS/L 5-2 Soph.
15 Jessica Ponik OH 5-7 Fr.
20 Kristine Runnberg MB 5-9 Soph.
21 Julianne McElderry OH 5-8 Fr.
24 Aine Colgan S 5-7 Fr.

Head Coach: Taryn Wright (St. Francis ’06)

Assistant Coach: Bill Hanrahan


Roster By Class

Sophomores (9): Lauren Dodier, Mady Enos, Abby Erckenbrack, Gracie Hause, Shannon Kane, Aubrey Kenny, Kristine Runnberg, Claire Mellberg, Maggie Malaney.

Freshmen (4): Aine Colgan, Carly Deterding, Camielle Enes, Julianne McElderry, Jessica Ponik.


Holy Court Ticket Information

Holy Court volleyball game against Christian Brothers is Thursday, Sept. 3 at 4:30 p.m. The Frosh game is first followed by the Junior Varsity (5:30 p.m.) and Varsity (6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $5 plus a $1 service charge. There are a limited number of tickets available for St. Francis students.

Below is the link for SF ticket sales. 


The school code is: TROUBIEZOOHC15

Tickets must be printed and brought to the game. 


18 Troubadour Alumnae on NCAA Volleyball Rosters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball program has 18 alumnae on collegiate rosters this fall across all NCAA Divisions. Pepperdine standout Gabi Palmeri leads a talented group of players taking the court this season after starring for Head Coach Alynn Wright and St. Francis.

Several programs have become popular destinations for the Troubies especially in California.


Volleyball Player Abby Fitzgerald Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student of the Year

Photo by Hung Pham

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rising senior Abby Fitzgerald was named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Greater Sacramento Area Chapter 2015 Student of the Year this summer. She received the award at the Grand Finale Gala at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento on June 20 along with fundraising partner Maverick Kuhn of Jesuit High School.

“It was so awesome (to be recognized),” said Fitzgerald, who is from Sacramento. “We put a lot of hard work and time into it and it paid off.”

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River Cats All-City Team
11 Troubaours Receive Local Honor

The Sacramento River Cats recognized their 2014-15 All-City team before today’s baseball game. Eleven Troubadours were selected to the respective sports all-city teams and senior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.


2014 Volleyball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals before losing to eventual state runner-up Pitman. They were the No. 4 seed overall entering the tournament.
  • The Troubadours posted a 30-12 overall record under Head Coach Alynn Wright, who coached her 26th season at St. Francis. St.

Three Troubadours Named to Sacramento Bee All-Metro Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Kylie Green was the selected to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro first-team, leading three Troubadours on the team including Anna Donald (second team) and Marissa Gollnick (honorable mention).

Green, who is from Gold River, led the Delta League with a 437 kills during the season while averaging 3.7 kills per set, the second-best mark in the league. She ranked seventh in Division I in kills (29th in the state). She had 24 games of 10 or more kills, earning selection to the Delta League first team. She has signed with UC Irvine.


Four Players Selected for Volleyball Optimist All-Star Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four St. Francis senior volleyball players have been selected to play in the 2014 Optimist All-Star game on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at El Camino High School.

“It was such an honor to hear I was selected and to know I was one of the top players in the area,” said senior Ashley Sutter, who will play for the South team. “It was exciting. We are all hoping for a good game. I think we have a good chance to get the win.”

The Troubadours chosen include Lizzy Corfee, Marissa Gollnick, Kyle Green and Sutter.


Alumna Nightingale Hoping for Another Championship
Troubie Named to CIF All-Century Team

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – UCLA senior middle blocker Zoe Nightingale told college coaches she wanted to play for and win a national championship. She did just that in her freshmen year and now she wants to perform an encore to bookend her career.

Nightingale, a 2011 graduate of St. Francis, helped the Bruins win the title in her freshman season, earning a selection to the NCAA All-Tournament team in the process.


Alumna Kasey Clark Finishes Special Season at Lawrence Tech

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Former Troubadour volleyball player Kasey Clark went back to serve like she has done a thousand times. But something was different. When she turned around, she was mobbed by her teammates.

“I went back to serve and all my teammates started running up to me,” said Clark, who is a senior at Lawrence Tech in Southfield, Mich. “I had no idea what was going on.”


Volleyball Drops Section Semifinals to No. 1 Pitman

TURLOCK, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team lost to No. 1 Pitman in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals 3-1 Tuesday night, ending their season.

“I told the kids that there is only one team that gets to end their season with a victory and that is in the state championship,” said Head Coach Alynn Wright. “I was proud of them for battling but it does hurt.”