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Volleyball team sets goals for SUNYAC

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 11:00 pm
The Golden Eagles are fighting fiercely to maintain good momentum after a less than superb start to the season. The team, however, is working hard and receiving the payoff, as it remained undefeated in the playoff conference this past weekend.
The Golden Eagles are fighting fiercely to maintain good momentum after a less than superb start to the season. The team, however, is working hard and receiving the payoff, as it remained undefeated in the playoff conference this past weekend.

After a shaky regular season run, The College at Brockport women’s volleyball team is looking to capitalize on this season’s SUNYAC schedule. With a demanding game program against some of the toughest Division III opposition in recent years, the Golden Eagles will be seeking to score big in order to restore Brockport’s winning history of Division III volleyball. 

Having won two SUNYAC Championship titles back-to-back in the 2015 and 2016 season. The Golden Eagles have shown that they have what it takes to be a serious contender for playoff success. 

Brockport kept its conference winning streak alive this past Friday, Sept. 22 with a solid win over the SUNY Oswego Lakers. With a thrilling win of 3-1 over fierce opponents, the Golden Eagles are now 8—8 on this year’s season. 

The gripping matchup was hard fought until the very last set, when the Green and Gold battled with the Lakers as the scores of every set interchanged rapidly. Although the Lakers were able to get back into the game during the last set following a five-point streak, the Brockport offense clicked and went on a 10-point streak, which resulted in a 25-15 win on the fourth set. Led by junior outside hitter DeAnna Whittemore, who compiled a total of 15 kills, and junior outside hitter Jamie Schlesinger, who provided a creative spark with 33 assists, the Golden Eagles pose a real offensive threat that is deserving of success. 

“We have started this season by playing some of the best teams in the nation,” senior defensive specialist Kathleen Irwin said. “This year, our team brings a lot of depth and various skill sets to the game from what we had last year, we just need to adjust. We are playing really hard and giving it our all, and although we have been inconsistent at times, playing these teams will help us improve and make us stronger in the long run.” 

The Golden Eagles enjoyed a prolific season during last year’s campaign which led the team to an outstanding record of 34—4. Despite not possessing the same pace of last year’s season, the team still retains the same element of resiliency that is necessary to be a dominant contender in the SUNYAC playoff competition. 

Led by Head Coach Steve Pike, the team has been working hard to build off what it had last season. The Golden Eagles will be looking to make the best out of everyone’s talent and refine the skills necessary in creating an efficient game flow. 

“Every team always brings its best game so the intensity of game environment totally changes,” sophomore middle blocker Kelly Waters said. “There is a lot more at stake during the playoff period so there is always more pressure with playoffs. Playoffs are always a fun challenge that we look to bring out best game to.”

Brockport’s ability to keep a winning mentality will prove to be vital, as the team is hoping to go undefeated in the conference and bring the SUNYAC championship back to Brockport for a third consecutive year.

Following more convincing victories over conference rivals SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils and SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons, you can expect the Golden Eagles to be ready for any sort of challenge they face on the road to SUNYAC success.

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