APEX Volleyball: Alumni News

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Monday, May 5
Coach Becca Borquist to Compete in the Netherlands
Rhinebeck's Rebecca Borquist of the SUNY New Paltz women's volleyball team wants to stay a bit humble about what she will be representing when she participates in next month's DKV International Volleyball Tournament in the Netherlands.

"My family was like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe you're representing the United States.' I was like, 'Don't look at it like that. That's too much. I'm representing New Paltz.' "

Rhinebeck High School graduate Rebecca Borquist of the SUNY New Paltz women's volleyball team will compete in a tournament this summer in the Netherlands. Phil Strum/Poughkeepsie Journal Phil Strum/Poughkeepsie Journal Following a standout season in which her Hawks received an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament, Borquist was an all-SUNY Athletic Conference selection, as well as an honorable-mention All-American as chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Hawks lost in the Sweet 16 to Clarkson for a second straight year, but Borquist's play in those matches earned the admiration of Clarkson coach Johan Dulfer, who is coaching the AVCA all-star team Borquist will play on in Dulfer's home country. All first-team, second-team and third-team All-Americans are invited. To fill the spots of those who decline, Dulfer was given a chance to pick players he wanted on his squad before it was opened up to all the honorable mentions. He had an opening at outside hitter.

"It took me about 1.42 seconds to decide whether or not to invite Rebecca," Dulfer said with a laugh.

Dulfer said he noticed Borquist the first time he coached against her. "Rebecca, as a freshman, was already very special," Dulfer said. "Clarkson played New Paltz in the last two regional finals and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say they were epic battles. She's a competitor and a fighter and when she's on the court, you can't help but notice Rebecca."

The event is organized by USA Athletes International, a body that orchestrates athletic trips for scholastic and collegiate athletes. Borquist will spend time in Amsterdam and Groningen, and will be overseas from May 27 to June 3. Competition is from May 30 to June 1. "I'm really excited," said Borquist, who said she will have the chance to do some sightseeing while in the Netherlands. "Not that I don't want to get better for my team anyway, but this is giving me a goal even earlier than my own season to get myself in the best physical shape I can be in. I've got some high standards to live up to with girls who are All-Americans."

Borquist graduated from Rhinebeck High School in 2012 and was on a Hawks team that made the state championship game her senior year. She also was the Poughkeepsie Journal Player of the Year that season. New Paltz coach Matt Giufre's teams with Borquist on them have had a combined record of 68-16.

He said the aspect of her game that has grown the most since high school has been her defense, particularly in the back row, and her passing defense, which have made her what he terms "a lockdown defender." "Who she is makes her important to us because Becca handles situations well," Giufre said. "She's elevated herself into the next category of leadership." Giufre said the talent level of the AVCA All-Stars, as well as the expertise of Dulfer should make for a great experience. "This is probably going to be the best volleyball she's ever played," Giufre said. "It's one of the most competitive teams she'll ever play on. It's going to be a mini-Olympic-style event as far as I can tell.

She said she's representing New Paltz, but she's really representing USA Volleyball. (AVCA) named her an honorable-mention All-American, and (Dulfer) personally reached out to see if Becca wanted to make this trip." Borquist, who is studying history with a concentration in secondary education, said New Paltz — academically and athletically — has been a perfect fit. "I think the whole culture and the team as a whole has allowed myself to flourish," Borquist said. "Our mindset is always work hard as far as physical workouts and everything we do. It's really just been a great fit because everyone's just great here."


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