By Tommy Schaffer
Since Eve Richards ‘12 arrived on Union’s Campus four years ago, she has become one of Union’s greatest volleyball players in the program’s history.
Richards accumulated several accolades while in high school, including Big 10 Player of the Year, and two straight undefeated seasons in the Big 10 conference.
After high school Richards considered several schools, even thinking of going Division I at one point. She eventually decided on Union because she had an instant connection with the coaching staff.
Richard’s showed her talents early on for the Dutchmen, being named Rookie of the Week six times in her freshman season. That season, the team made the NCAA tournament, a memorable moment for Richards.
“It was really overwhelming at first being a freshman in the NCAA tournament,” Richards states. “We fell behind in our first game against Rivier, a team from Connecticut, but we composed ourselves and came back to win”.
This was only the beginning of what would become a prestigious career for her at Union. In three of four years she lead the team in kills, even posting a Liberty League leading 502 kills this season. That number is about 70 more than the next leader in the conference.
Looking back on her career Richards, appreciates the opportunities she was given along with the friendships she acquired while playing volleyball.
“My best friends are on the team and I love them all. I built a lot of bonds with all the girls and we stuck together through all the ups and downs. It’s really nice to have to have a second family”.
She finished her final tournament this weekend at the Skidmore Invitational. Unfortunately, the volleyball team fell to three of the four teams they faced. They lost to Skidmore College 2-3, Brauch College 1-3, SUNY New Paltz 1-3, while sweeping SUNY Plattsburgh 3-0.
“It was a little bittersweet to end,” Richards explains. “I think my body will be thanking me for ending the season but I’m going to miss it so much”.
She finishes her lustrous career at the number two spot in kills with over 1,500 only trailing Corinn Jordan, who finished her career with 1,839 kills from 1999 through 2002. Richards and Jordan are the only two Dutchwomen to surpass the 1,500 kills mark in their careers. She has certainly left a mark with her dominance on the volleyball court here at Union.
With her career at Union over, Richards plans to continue playing volleyball. She eventually wants to pursue a career overseas if she can.