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Volleyball dominating the season despite rough start

by Justin Maybach - Staff Writer
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 10:00 pm
Senior setter Rachel Fiser sets a ball to her teammate during their match against D'Youville College. The team has grown tremendously and it has shown through their performance.
Senior setter Rachel Fiser sets a ball to her teammate during their match against D'Youville College. The team has grown tremendously and it has shown through their performance.

At the start of the school year, it appeared as if The College at Brockport women’s volleyball team wasn’t going to have a season as successful as their previous two seasons. The team lost three out of four matches in the Pacific Coast Classic against schools in California. After that tournament, Brockport lost in all three of its Susquehanna Tournament matches a couple weeks later.

On the other hand, the volleyball team won three out of four matches in the Union Tournament. The athletes proceeded to win their first three conference matches of the season at SUNY Fredonia. The team has also defeated all three Western New York colleges that it faced this season. This includes the Golden Eagles’ most recent sweep on Wednesday, Sept. 27, against the D’Youville Spartans. That match also marked the first time this fall in which the volleyball team got to play at home on the courts of the Jim & John Vlogianitis Gymnasium.  

Head Coach Steven Pike was happy for the team competition at its home court and score a comfortable win against an average team.

“It is great to compete at home with so much fan support on a regular basis,” Pike said. 

Additionally, Pike was also able to explain this year’s interesting schedule in further detail.

“The schedule was by design set to challenge us with nationally ranked and NCAA Tournament teams from last year while being on the road,” Pike said. “We did this because this is a year that we do not host a regular season SUNYAC Weekend. So our goal was to get better at competing on opponent’s home court.”  

So far, it has been a rocky season for the Brockport volleyball team. Its record was 10-7 through the month of September, which means the Golden Eagles already lost more matches this season than the past two seasons combined.  

Despite all the losses, the team is still undefeated in conference play. In fact, the Golden Eagles have won 25 straight conference matches. The last time Brockport lost to a SUNYAC opponent in volleyball was when it faced New Paltz in the semifinal round of the 2014 SUNYAC Tournament.  

Pike will admit that there have been significant challenges the team has faced this season compared to the last two seasons.  

“We have had a number of athletes unable to participate so far this year so we are yet to play with our full roster for an entire weekend,” Pike said. “The team has been flexible with lineups, offensive systems and even playing different positions. It has been great to see us find ways to be successful through this early part of the season.”

Before the season started, the Green and Gold were expected to be even stronger than they were last year, especially when they previously made to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. With only one senior leaving, the team has filled the missing gap with proven sophomore and junior experience. One would expect the seniors on this year’s team to step up and support everyone else, and they’ve certainly been doing their part to ensure the best results.

“The seniors have been great at helping our new student athletes on and off the court, be successful at Brockport,” Pike said. However, it hasn’t just been the seniors making an impact. 

“Our entire returning roster has jumped in to help our five new athletes get used to being a part of the Golden Eagles,” Pike said.

The Golden Eagles have shown that they have what it takes to win another SUNYAC title this year. On the other hand, expect for the team to win an NCAA Tournament match this year unless it gets to host again. For now, the goal is to keep improving. The volleyball team had off last weekend and will be back in action this weekend when they play more SUNYAC matches at SUNY Geneseo.

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