Volleyball Team Still Optimistic

This season, the volleyball team has won 2 and lost 3 of its conference games. Out of the season, it has lost 14 games and won 5.

However, the team is still really optimistic. On the season as a whole, Danielle (Dani) Thorne ’13 said, “It’s been going really well actually, our record hasn’t been that great this season but we’ve been improving the whole time, and our conference record is pretty good so it feels like a good season to me”

The team does not have any freshmen players this year. “We had 15 people last year, and we graduated 2 people, so we would have had 13 girls, but then 2 girls transferred. It was kind of after recruiting season, so it shook out that we only have 11 now. We have enough personnel so it’s fine, people are in new positions but everyone is doing a great job,” said Thorne.

Thorne was particularly proud of the team’s game against York, saying , “We just played awesome…Defensively we played well, and we played well offensively too.  It wasn’t even like everything was going our way which makes it that much better because we had mistakes but we’d get it back and recover.” It’s no surprise Thorne was so happy with this game, considering she got her first career double-double and had a career best in helpers.

Other members of the team also played well in the York game too. According to the SMCM athletics website, “The St. Mary’s attack was led by senior middle blocker Gena Hlavinka, junior outside hitter Cecilia Blanc, and sophomore Michelle Klima as the trio tallied eight kills each.”

On October 26th, the team will have Dig Pink game to raise money for breast cancer. Thorne said, “Dig Pink is a thing lots of schools do, and people will pledge for how many digs you do.” According to Thorne the team averages about 68 digs per game.

In explaining the difference between this year and previous years, Thorne said, “This is my third year. In the past two years we’ve done a lot better in the season record wise,  but I think that we are doing as well in the conference so it doesn’t really matter…we are losing more games, but we are also playing really tough teams like Juniata, who were national champions like three or four times…I guess the main difference is that we are losing more games, but it is not really bad because we are winning the important ones.”

When asked about future games and competitors, Thorne replied,“Our coach always tells us to worry about our side of the court and to just play our game. We usually don’t get a lot of information about the team beforehand. I think it kind of psyches teams out sometimes when you worry too much about what the opponent is doing.”

She also wanted to promote the team, saying, “More people should come to volleyball games because everyone who comes always enjoys it because it is a fast paced game, there is a point like every 30 seconds, and it’s exciting to watch”

Volleyball Unites, Hopes to Ace Season

First-year Shelby Mullennix serves during a match against Elizabeth College. Photo by Dave Chase
First-year Shelby Mullennix serves during a match against Elizabeth College. Photo by Dave Chase

After a turbulent start to the year, the Seahawks volleyball team is working hard to turn out a winning season, with a current record of 10-7.

The team was faced with the challenge of losing integral players at the beginning of the season, but with the addition of talented freshmen and a commitment to team unity they are confident in their strength.

“The team as unit is very close-knit. We have never had such a strong bond off the court and I feel as though that is what helps us to stay so strong. At some of the lower points in the season this is what has helped us regain our motivation and strive to work harder,” said senior and team co-captain Jenn Lamar.“I think we have done a better job of learning how to play on a team rather than simply six individuals on the court.”

They are also challenged by their reputation as a skilled and highly athletic team. “Other colleges know that we are competitive, making their desire to beat us even stronger. Like us, other schools feel as if they have something to prove,” said senior and co-captain Jennifer Feldmann.

But with their dedication and enthusiasm, the team is optimistic. “We’ve all been working really hard at practice to improve and come together as a team. I think the fact that we are hard-working is our biggest strength” said first-year Cecilia Blanc.

Another of the team’s key assets is athleticism, according to Feldmann. After losing to Salisbury University in the finals of the conference championship the last two years, the team’s main goal this year is to win the CAC championship.

They also hope to increase in consistency. “As a team we want to be competitive, consistent, and play our best. Our coach continually reminds us that ‘every point counts,’” Feldmann said.