ALBUQUERQUE, NM— The Lobo volleyball team has added a setter that comes with an impressive collegiate resume, as announced by head volleyball coach Jon Newman-Gonchar.
Anilee Sher, a Rider University transfer, joins the Lobos after taking MAAC Co-Setter of the Year and MAAC Championship MVP after 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 All-Tournament Team (at the La Salle Invitational) and was named rookie of the week four times in 2018, was on the first team and became the youngest active player player in Division I with over 2,000 assists in 2019.
Last season, she became the all-time assists leader at Rider, breaking the school record for assists in one game with 68.
Sher is a versatile player, having 19 doubles in 2018, 10 doubles in 2019, five doubles in 2020-21 and 10 in 2021.
“We are delighted to welcome Anilee to Albuquerque,” said Newman-Gonchar. “Her maturity, passion and commitment to be great is reflected in everything she does. Our core values and commitment to learn and grow 1% more every day really resonated with her and the fit couldn’t be better.
During the shortened 2020-21 season, Sher racked up 525 assists (11.2 assists per set), 109 digs, 21 total blocks and 18 service aces in 12 games. In the 12 games, she produced 50-plus assists in four games and 49 in three games.
The following year, she finished with 1,209 assists (10.7 assists per set) in 31 games and had 40 service aces, 66 total blocks and 270 digs. Sher set a career high with 68 assists in a game against Niagra, which previously broke the school record, and had five games with 50-plus assists in a game in 2021.
In her collegiate career, the newest Lobo has logged 3,924 assists (10.5 per set), 152 service aces, 946 digs and a total of 187 blocks while playing 373 sets in 99 games.
“I chose UNM because it’s the best place for me to excel athletically,” said Sher. “The coaches showed such concern and enthusiasm for the growth of their players and program and it was something I really wanted to be a part of. I know that the growth I will have within the program will help me immensely for the future and I am so grateful and excited.”
Sher, a native of Israel, trained with the Israeli national team and joined fellow Lobo Avital Jaloba in that accolade. As a further link to UNM, her uncle graduated from UNM.