Team Spotlight: Women’s Volleyball

Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s College of Maryland

By Nathan Villiger 

To kick off our Fall 2022 team spotlight column, we begin by taking a dive into the world of St. Mary’s Seahawks Women’s Volleyball. After a major shake up to their coaching staff, in the form of new head coach Alexis Calloway, St. Mary’s Volleyball’s Fall season is off to a roaring start. Of their first six games, the Seahawks have won four, and up until last 

Wednesday’s match against the Nuemann University Knights, maintained a four-game winning streak. All of this early success comes after two brutal seasons in 2019 and 2021, which saw the Seahawks go 5-23 and 8-21 respectively.

A key part of this success has definitely been new head coach Calloway, who had previously coached high school volleyball for four years in Virginia at Bruton and Williamsburg before taking on her first collegiate head coaching position here at St. Mary’s. According to Junior Outside Hitter Meghan Stevens, “The general opinion of the team on the new coach is quite positive, I think she’s done a good job of meeting us where we are and motivating us to keep going as a program and to get better together. She emphasizes family a lot, which I don’t think we really did in the past, and I can definitely feel that energy on and off the court.” 

The team lineup itself has likewise undergone a shakeup, as new first-years and sophomores step up to fill the roles of departing seniors.  Again, Stevens said “We did lose a lot of starters in the senior class last year, and the freshmen have definitely stepped up to fill those shoes. Skills wise I definitely think we have the potential to do really well in regards to our conference.” 

Volleyball started the season with a loss against Randolph College. However, this early loss was soon followed by a string of victories at McDaniel on September 3rd, Penn State Brandywine on September 7th, and at home versus Washington College and Trinity College. According to Stevens, these early victories were especially important in light of the team’s previous record. “Both our games this past weekend and the weekend before were big wins for the St. Mary’s program. We played McDaniel last weekend and we beat them in five sets. St. Mary’s Volleyball has not beat McDaniel for six or seven years… Washington College is a similar case; it’s been quite a few years since St. Mary’s has beat them.” Both games were likewise amazing learning opportunities, and truly showed how the St. Mary’s Volleyball program has grown. “Also, coming back from losing a set against McDaniel and Washington … we won a set and then lost a set, but were able to come back and win the whole match… We’ve not really been good at that in the past.”

Despite Wednesday’s loss against Neumann, these early victories bode well for the rest of the season and the team seeks to continue their winning season into conference play. Spirits are high, and it only remains to be seen just how well the revamped SMCM Volleyball team will fare as they enter the most difficult part of the season. 

Upcoming Home Events

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Home Games 

September 17- October 1

Men’s Soccer

9/17 Wells Express 3:30 PM

9/18 Suny Morrisville 2:30 PM

9/20 Mary Baldwin 6 PM

10/1 Penn College 3:30 PM

Men’s Tennis

9/17 Catholic University 12:00 PM

Women’s Field Hockey

9/21 Mary Washington 6:00 PM

10/1 Salisbury 6:00 PM

Women’s Soccer

9/17 Wells Express 1:00 PM

9/18 Suny Morrisville 12:00 PM

9/28 Salisbury 7:00 PM

10/1 Penn College 1:00 PM

Women’s Tennis

9/17 Catholic University 12:00 PM

Women’s Volleyball

9/24 Bridgewater 11:00 AM

9/27 Virginia Union 6:00 PM

Seahawks Scoreboard

Sept. 3 – Women’s Cross Country at Spider Alumni Open; 13th place

Sept. 10 – Women’s Cross Country at Philadelphia Metro Championships; 3rd place

Sept. 3 – Men’s Cross Country at Spider Alumni Open; 10th place

Sept. 10 – Men’s Cross Country at Philadelphia Metro Championships; 11th place

Sept. 1 – Women’s Soccer vs. Hood; 2-2 tie

Sept. 3 – Women’s Soccer vs. Randolph-Macon College; 0-1 loss

Sept. 4 – Women’s Soccer vs. Randolph-Macon College; 0-5 loss

Sept. 7 – Women’s Soccer vs. Eastern Mennonite; 1-0 win

Sept. 10 – Women’s Soccer vs. Bridgewater; 0-1 loss

Sept. 11 – Women’s Soccer vs. Mt. St. Mary’s; 1-1 tie

Sept. 1 – Men’s Soccer vs. Stevenson; 1-1 tie

Sept. 3 – Men’s Soccer vs. Gettysburg; 1-3 loss

Sept. 4 – Men’s Soccer vs. Shenandoah; 2-1 win

Spet. 10 – Men’s Soccer vs. The College of New Jersey; 3-3 tie

Sept. 11 – Men’s Soccer vs. Rutgers Newark; 2-2 tie

Sept. 1 – Field Hockey vs. York College of Pennsylvania; 0-2 loss

Sept. 3 – Field Hockey vs. Stevenson; 3-2 win

Sept. 10 – Field Hockey vs. Bridgewater; 2-0 win