Lindsay Ruckert Mutimer ’02 was one of the first truly great volleyball players in Washington and Lee’s history, lifting the program to new heights. She was a four-year varsity letterwinner and a team captain for her senior season.
Ruckert Mutimer’s athletic talents were present from the very beginning as she helped lead the Generals to a 26-2 overall record and an ODAC Championship as a first-year student in 1998. As a middle blocker, she received First Team All-ODAC honors and the ODAC Rookie of the Year Award. She also garnered ODAC Tournament MVP honors in leading the Generals to their third conference title in program history.
As a sophomore, Ruckert Mutimer was again a dominant force as W&L finished 22-7, again won the ODAC title, and advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament. She repeated as a First Team All-ODAC pick and was named the ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC Tournament MVP.
Ruckert Mutimer’s junior season resulted in a 20-10 record and she earned her third straight First Team All-ODAC selection, while being named the ODAC Player of the Year for a second time. As a senior, she guided the Generals to a school record win total (30-5), a third ODAC title and a second trip to the NCAA Tournament. Following the season, she added a fourth First Team All-ODAC citation and a third ODAC Player of the Year award to her third ODAC Tournament MVP award. Additionally, she was named Virginia College Division Player of the Year and First Team All-South Region.
During her four years, the volleyball team finished with a 98-24 overall record and a 38-2 mark in conference play. Ruckert Mutimer graduated holding nine school records, including career kills (1,519), career hitting percentage (.323) and career games played. Her kills record was an ODAC record and still ranked fourth in conference history as of her induction to the W&L Athletics Hall of Fame.