Notebook: Bolles sisters lead charge for Huskies
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
The Bolles sisters used their speed to catalyze the Huskies’ field hockey team into their sixth win of the season as they beat UMass 4-1. The dynamic duo helped Anne Jeute, Rosin Upton, Mckenzie Townsend and Sophie Bowden to each score against the Minutewomen goalie and keep their undefeated season alive.
Marie Elena Bolles, a senior forward, has been a huge part of the Huskies offense since she arrived as a freshman. She has played in every game for the past three seasons racking up 33 goals and 23 assists including three goals and two assists so early in the season. In 2011 and 2012, Marie Elena Bolles was honored the All Big East first team award, also, in 2012 she earned one of the highest honors in field hockey, Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
Olivia Bolles, a freshman midfielder, has already made her mark on the UConn team. Following in her sister’s footsteps, she has been a key factor in the offensive line and has played in all six of the games thus far in the season. She racked up two assists, and with the skills and talents she has demonstrated on the field so far one should expect a bright future with her the team.
However, it was beyond their talent and skills on the field that made the sisters one of the best offensive duos on the UConn team. It was their speed.
“I recruited them both because they’re 400-meter runners,” head coach Nancy Stevens said. “They won the Penn Relays, and that’s why I recruited them, for that speed.”
Both Oliva and Marie Elena Bolles were part of a 4x400 team that set a Villa Maria Accadamy school record with a time of 3:52.18. Olivia Bolles set a school record in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:14.34; she was also named All-State for track in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Their fast legs not only improved the offensive line, but they also create a bigger challenge for the opponents. “Tonight clearly the two sisters just put on a show,” Stevens said. “It’s very difficult to have two players match up with their speed. You could have one player who could maybe match up with one of them. They’re just a tough matchup when you have both of them on the field.”