Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Spotlight: Lindsey Eshelman '09

2018 Adrian Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Lindsey Eshelman '09 of women's tennis and volleyball, from 2005 to 2009. (Images by AC Shipman Library Archives)
2018 Adrian Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Lindsey Eshelman '09 of women's tennis and volleyball, from 2005 to 2009. (Images by AC Shipman Library Archives)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, will induct the 2018 class of the Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday as part of Homecoming activities. The ceremonial dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall, preceded by the Walk of Fame (5:15 p.m.) from the Caine Center and reception (5:30 p.m.).

This year's honorees include Walter Chany Jr '69 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Lauree Dermyer '05 (Volleyball), Lindsey Eshelman '09 (Volleyball/Tennis), Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tennis/Field Hockey), Vincent Harkins '97 (Soccer) and Michael Lewis II '07 (Football).

Today's spotlight feature is on Lindsey Eshelman ‘09 who was a two-sport standout in women's volleyball and women's tennis from 2005 to 2009, earning six letters combined.

MIAA Distinction

Eshelman excelled in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association during her career on the volleyball court with three all-conference citations, including first team honors in 2005 and ’06. She led NCAA Division III with 5.56 kills per set in 2005, which is still an Adrian single-season record, leading to all-region and all-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In 2006, she helped the Bulldogs finish 18-9 overall (12-4 in the MIAA) and to the MIAA Semifinals in a thrilling five-set defeat at the hands of Hope College, registering 3.66 kills per set and hitting .296 in conference matches only.

One of a Kind

Eshelman owns the distinction as being the only AC player recognized an AVCA All-American in 2005, when she landed on the third team. She topped the nation that season in kills average while amassing 556 spikes and hitting .344 on a school-record 1,254 attack attempts.

MIAA Distinction II

Eshelman also shined on the hard courts as a tennis student-athlete. She was the only Bulldog to be named 2007 All-MIAA Second Team in women’s tennis as a sophomore, going 6-6 at No. 1 singles. She served as a two-year team captain and earned the MIAA Sue Little Sportsmanship Award in 2008.

Records, Records, Records

Eshelman's AC all-time rankings are second in kills (1,301) as well as in attack attempts (3,258) and third in hitting percentage (.291). All told, her name appears in the top-10 of the single-match, season and career women's volleyball charts 16 times.

What She's Doing Now

Lindsey parlayed a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Nova Southeastern University into a career as speech-language pathologist for Advanced Travel Therapy, which is based in Natchitoches, La. Her job takes her across the country to fulfill school contacts, including visits to Alaska and Florida. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Lindsey makes her home in Adrian.

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Previous HOF Inductee Spotlights
Walter Chany Jr. ‘69 (Monday, Oct. 1)

Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tuesday, Oct. 2)

Vincent Harkins '97 (Wednesday, Oct. 3)

Michael Lewis II '07 (Thursday, Oct. 4)

Lauree Dermyer '05 (Friday morning, Oct. 5)