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Volleyball Nets Wins, Prepares for Championship Playoffs

Sophomore Gena Hlavinka (in air) blocks. She added 26 kills to her record during the first two matches of the Seahawk Invitational.
Sophomore Gena Hlavinka (in air) blocks. She added 26 kills to her record during the first two matches of the Seahawk Invitational.

Despite a strong start in the Fifth Annual Seahawk Invitational with wins against Bridgewater College and Catholic University, the Lady Seahawks were defeated by both Eastern University and Washington and Lee University.

The results of this tournament are somewhat representative of the rest of the season, in which the Seahawks have an 18-13 overall record and a 4-4 conference record, placing them fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

Prior to this invitational, the team’s record was characterized by winning streaks punctuated by alternating wins and losses. There were several points in the season where the Seahawks won at least four games in a row.

Senior co-captain Jenn Feldmann said, “I think we have made great progress since the beginning of this season, but still need to work on certain areas of the game as a team.

“For example, we need to work on not playing ‘down’ to our opponents. As a team, we need to focus on playing at our level.”

In their most recent conference game against Salisbury University, the Lady Hawks played five sets against rival Salisbury University for the first time since 1998.

Although the individual sets were close, Salisbury won the match 3-2. Salisbury is currently undefeated and ranked number one in the CAC.

The Seahawks have had many close games like the match against Salisbury throughout the season.

Feldmann said, “I feel like we haven’t shown teams who we really are. We have lost a lot of close games by only a few points and I think we can change this by decreasing our mistakes and focusing on doing our job on our side of the net.”

However, the team is still optimistic about the upcoming CAC playoffs and proud of many of their accomplishments earlier in the season.

Sophomore Kasey Stanton said, “Our team has made some excellent comebacks this season. Even when we’re down, we pull through and play till the last point.”

Senior co-captain Jennifer Lamar said, “Our team has had its ups and downs but overall we have come away with some amazing wins. Two weeks ago we beat Virginia Wesleyan, one of the top teams in the region, playing one of the best games this year.

“It’s really great to see our whole team come togther and play as a collective unit. We have so much talent and to see it being exerted is exciting.”

Volleyball faces off against York College Nov. 3 in the first round of the CAC playoffs. York is currently ranked 4th in the CAC and defeated the Seahawks when they played against each other in late September.

Feldmann said, “Our team’s greatest strength is our cohesiveness. Many of the girls are very close and everyone gets along overall.”

Lamar added, “As a senior I really am just looking for a strong finish to the season.

“We have struggled at times and I would really like to see our team redeem ourselves in the conference playoffs.”

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