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Cheryl Farley
Cheryl  Farley

Volleyball (Inducted 2002)



Cheryl A. (Farley) Dodds was an outstanding volleyball player at GW for four seasons ('85-88). Playing during a transitional time at GW (for two coaches in four seasons Pat Sullivan and Cindy Laughlin), Dodds earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team honors in successive years, 1987 and '88, as well as team MVP in '88 and team co-captain in '88. The four teams on which she played rolled up an impressive cumulative record of 97-51.

A 5-foot-11 middle blocker-hitter, Dodds dots the GW volleyball record book 10 times in eight categories some 13 seasons after her graduation. She is tops in Colonials history in career block solos (203)and ranks among the program's all-time leaders in kills (1,085), digs (927), total attempts (2,688), attack percentage (.256) and career block assists (302). In single-season stats, registered 68 and 66 in block solos in 1986 and 1988, respectively. She also totaled 1,120 total attempts and 121 block assists in 1988.

Following graduation, Dodds continued playing volleyball as a member of the USVBA in the prestigious AA category. She switched from middle blocker to outside hitter and quickly became one of the best hitters and passers in the Chesapeake Region. In her new position as an outside hitter, she was named to the USVBA all-star teams three times.

Dodds gained her bachelor's degree in travel and tourism at GW in 1989. A 1985 graduate of Dracut (MA) High School, she now resides in Springfield, VA, with her husband, Blair Dodds, and their daughter, Sydney.