Frontier grad Quesnelle closes volleyball career at Endicott

  • Remy Quesnelle (2) rises up for a kill during a match this season. Quesnelle finished her career with Endicott with 795 kills.

  • Remy Quesnelle (middle) poses with teammates following winning the CCC championship this fall with Endicott. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ENDICOTT COLLEGE

  • Remy Quesnelle celebrates a play during her senior year at Endicott. She was a key cog in winning a CCC championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ENDICOTT COLLEGE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/22/2019 10:01:55 PM
Modified: 11/22/2019 11:03:52 PM

It would have been tough for Remi Quesnelle to top her accomplishments with the Frontier Regional volleyball team in college, but she may have done just that. 

A senior at Endicott College, Quesnelle helped lead the Gulls to a 23-8 record this season, not losing a match in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). In the CCC tournament, Endicott didn’t surrender a set, sweeping Salve Regina in the semifinals before thumping Roger Williams, 3-0, in the finals to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament. 

The Gulls fell in the first round of the tournament to Bowdoin, but Quesnelle was pleased she was able to reach the tournament in her final year with the program. 

“I was happy we won conference and ended on a good note,” Quesnelle said. “We didn’t win last year, so it was a big goal of mine to win as a senior. Getting to go to Tufts and play in an NCAA tournament game was a great way to close it out.” 

Prior to her arrival at Endicott, she starred for the Red Hawks, being selected to the Massachusetts Div. 3 All State team, winning the Western Mass Div. 3 tournament MVP and was the Volleyball Hall of Fame Player of the Year. 

Going into her final collegiate season, Quesnelle was unsure what position she’d be playing. She played as a right-side hitter her first three years at Endicott, but with one outside hitter leaving the program and another graduating, she thought she might be moved to the outside for her final season. 

Playing on the outside is a much tougher task than being a weak-side hitter. Outside hitters are forced to serve, play defense, block at the net and go for kills to name a few tasks, where right side sticks to playing in the front row at all times. 

Her coach, Tim Byram, sent her to the outside for the season where she had great success, finishing with a career-high 291 kills. She was an All-CCC first team selection after her stellar season. 

“I was nervous because there’s way more responsibility on the outside,” Quesnelle said. “I ended up really liking it, though. My team was awesome and supportive about it, they always had my back. Everyone had a lot of confidence in me to do it which is more than I can say about myself.”

It was an ideal final season to cap off a great career for Quesnelle, who finishes with 795 career kills, 103 aces and 479 digs in her four years with the program. 

Not only did she shine on the court, she also shined in the classroom. Quesnelle was named to the CCC Academic All-Conference team in her sophomore and junior seasons. The team has not yet been announced for the 2019 season. 

A nursing major, she is hoping to land a job in Boston following her graduation next spring. 

“Nursing is a tough major,” Quesnelle said. “I learned how to balance school and volleyball. It means I did something more than being on a team. Academics are always the most important thing.”

Another skill she made sure to note in her Endicott player bio is her skills as a thumb wrestler. She claims to have never lost a thumb war. 

“I have really long thumbs,” Quesnelle said. I have a good skill for it. I really don’t think I’ve ever lost. It doesn’t get enough recognition.” 

With her old Red Hawk squad taking home yet another state championship this fall, Quesnelle made sure to keep up with the team, feeling she’s still apart of the family they’ve build there. 

“I follow all their stuff,” Quesnelle said. “I love following it, and I was really happy to see them win it this year after not doing it the year before. I feel like I’m still a part of it in a way.”

While she loved playing volleyball, it’s the friendships made that Quesnelle will cherish the most. 

She made a great group of friends through the program, ones she knows she’ll keep for a long time. 

“The best part of Endicott volleyball was the friendships I made,” Quesnelle said. “It’s a little sad to leave but more bittersweet. I loved my team this year, I love my seniors. It hasn’t hit me yet. I’ve made the most amazing friends. I have way more confidence in myself. I felt I grew as a player in each of my four years.” 

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