By David Wilson
Senior outside hitter Ellie Buffler has etched her name in the Trevecca women’s volleyball history books. Buffer recorded her 1,000th career kill in the third set of Trojans 3-1 victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Aug. 27.
In addition to recording her 1,000th kill, Buffler also moved to second place on the career service ace list during the same set.
“Ellie, ever since the beginning of her career, has been our best player both offensively and defensively. She is one of the most well-rounded players not only on our team but in the entire conference. I am incredibly proud of her accomplishments,” said Trevecca Head Coach Emily Moore.
Buffler entered the 2022 season third in Trevecca history in career kills (949), points (1,117), and fourth in service aces (111).
“It was a special moment for me. I knew going into the match that I needed 12 kills to reach that 1,000-kill mark. Having my entire family in the stands, especially my grandfather, made that moment even more special,” said Buffler.
Buffler has been one of the most successful players in program history.
To date, she has earned the following accomplishments: 2019-2020 GMAC All-Conference Second Team, 2019-2020 GMAC Freshman of the Year, 2020-2021 GMAC All-Conference Second Team, 2021-2022 GMAC South Division Player of Week Sept. 8, and 2021-2022 GMAC All-Conference First Team.
Buffler has earned all these awards despite a Covid-19 shortened 2020-2021 season, in which she missed several games.
“She is a true competitive athlete. People will never see the way she conducts herself in practice. Ellie is the best player on our team, yet she does not take plays or practices off. I admire her work ethic. I never have seen her look pressured. That is what makes her so great. She conducts herself the same way every single day,” said Moore.
Buffler’s steady play has fueled the resurgence of the Trevecca women’s volleyball program.
Over the last three seasons, the Trojans have a record of 41-36.
Last season the Trojans finished 19-11 and ended the year with their highest win total since 2015. Moore’s squad also enjoyed their first conference tournament win since 2015.
“I just want to thank my teammates for helping me achieve all my accomplishments. Volleyball is a team sport. I wouldn’t be in the position to have those types of numbers without my teammates putting me in position to be successful,” said Buffler.