Lobo Volleyball Adds Setter Anilee Sher
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobo volleyball team has added a setter that comes with an impressive collegiate resume, as announced by head volleyball coach Jon Newman-Gonchar.
A transfer from Rider University, Anilee Sher joins the Lobos after earning MAAC Co-Setter of the Year and MAAC Championship MVP following the 2020-2021 season. She was also 13th in assists per sets in the NCAA with 11.2 assists per set as a junior. In addition, Sher was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team and the All-Tournament Team (at the La Salle Invitational) and was named rookie of the week four times in 2018, was first-team all-conference and became the youngest active player in Division I with over 2,000 career assists in 2019.
Last season, she became the all-time assists leader at Rider and broke the school record for assists in a single match with 68.
A versatile player, Sher has 19 double-doubles in 2018, 10 double-doubles in 2019, five double-doubles in 2020-21 and 10 in 2021.
“We are thrilled to welcome Anilee to Albuquerque,” stated Newman-Gonchar. “Her maturity, passion and dedication to being great shines through in all that she does. Our core values and commitment to learning and growing 1% more every day truly resonated with her and the fit couldn’t be better.”
During the shortened 2020-21 season, Sher compiled 525 assists (11.2 assists per set), 109 digs, 21 total blocks and 18 service aces in 12 matches. In the 12 matches, she produced 50-plus assists in four matches and 49 in three matches.
The next year, she finished with 1209 assists (10.7 assists per set) in 31 matches and had 40 service aces, 66 total blocks and 270 digs. Sher set a career-high with 68 assists in a match against Niagra, which as aforementioned broke the school record, and had five matches with 50-plus assists in a match in 2021.
In her collegiate career, the newest Lobo has recorded 3924 assists (10.5 per set), 152 service aces, 946 digs and 187 total blocks while playing 373 sets in 99 matches.
“I chose UNM because it is the best place for me to excel athletically,” commented Sher. “The coaches showed so much care and excitement for the growth of their players and program and it was something I really wanted to be a part of. I know the growth I will have within the program will help me so much for the future and I am so grateful and excited.”
Born in Israel, Sher trained with the Israeli National Team, joining fellow Lobo Avital Jaloba in that accolade. As a further tie to UNM, her uncle graduated from UNM.