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Women's volleyball set up for success

by Jaymi Kent
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 11:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Brockport Athletics Communication on Flickr
The Golden Eagles celebrate their win over the Middlebury Panthers. They have a 5-4 record thus far this season. Last year, the team went 34-4.
Photo courtesy of Brockport Athletics Communication on Flickr The Golden Eagles celebrate their win over the Middlebury Panthers. They have a 5-4 record thus far this season. Last year, the team went 34-4.

The College at Brockport’s women’s volleyball team is starting of this year with a positive outlook and a couple of new players. 

Last year, the women’s volleyball team ended with a 34-4 record as well as winning the SUNY Conference championship two years in a row now, undefeated. The team also hosted the MCA regionals and made it to the Sweet Sixteen. 

The team is still continuing their achievements and is playing a nationally ranked schedule of games. Each of these games will be played with teams that have been ranked one of the top 25 teams in the country. 

Although the athletes had a great season during last year’s campaign, the opposition of nationally ranked teams has proven to        be tough. 

With three losses out of three games played, including being shut out twice, the Golden Eagles will be hoping for better luck against future nationally ranked teams. 

Apart from the three loses against nationally ranked teams, the team has been prolific when competing against regular season opponents, outscoring opposition by nine sets to one. 

After a perfect record against regular season opponents, the Golden Eagles are currently taking part in the Union Tournament, in which they have won three out of four games played. Other than a loss against the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks, the Golden Eagles have scored two or more goals against every opponent in the tournament. 

Players from last year have returned,  including the likes of senior Briana Richardson, who has leading the team in offensive kills with 84 and senior Noelle Poloncarz, who has so far provided the most assists in the season with 129. Experience will be crucial in the long season that awaits the Golden Eagles.

“We lost some key players last year and the whole team dynamic has changed,” Head Coach Steven Pike said. “It’s all about forming a team and getting the new players to function as a team.”

The team roster has 17 players. Among the 17, three are freshmen and two are transfer students.  Not only have the players changed, but the coaching staff as well. With all the positions filled, Coach Pike feels more than capable of leading the team, along with the staff, to a fulfilling and accomplishing year. 

The team also has some strategies that it plans to work on and improve. Coach Pike plans to change up defensive plays and keep the offensive plays the same. 

Coming off back-to-back wins, you can expect the Golden Eagles to push for another win at the Rochester Yellowjackets on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 

 

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