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Volleyball showcases 19 — 8 record

by Brandon Harrington
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 10:00 pm
The starting players of The College at Brockport volleyball team (above) came      together to celebrat their victory over Alfred University. After a slow start to the season, the     women's volleyball team picked itself up and earned the top spot in the SUNYAC Tournament. The SUNYAC quarter-finals will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The starting players of The College at Brockport volleyball team (above) came together to celebrat their victory over Alfred University. After a slow start to the season, the women's volleyball team picked itself up and earned the top spot in the SUNYAC Tournament. The SUNYAC quarter-finals will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

After a great weekend by the Golden Eagles, which included big-time wins over Potsdam, Buffalo State and Cortland, The College at Brockport volleyball team finished the SUNYAC regular season with a 9 — 0 record. The squad sits at 19 — 8 overall and 9 — 0 in conference play, which marks 27 straight wins within the SUNYAC conference. In fact, Brockport has won 27 out of a possible 32 matches within the team’s nine conference matches thus far into the season.  Head coach Steve Pike and the rest of the coaching staff are very happy with the way the Golden Eagles team played throughout the 2017 season, even after a somewhat rough start, when they lost games in non-conference tournaments. That, though, is behind each of the athletes as they work incredibly hard every single day in the Tuttle Athletic Complex in preparation for the future competition.

Junior Outside Hitter Jamie Schelsinger, who hails from a high school on Long Island, had some strong words about the 2017 Brockport volleyball team. After losing just one player from the 2016 team (former Senior Outside Hitter Sam Holdredge), Jamie felt the team’s chemistry was one of its strong points heading into this season. 

“We came into the preseason knowing we only lost one senior from last season, so we had an idea that our chemistry and cohesiveness was still good throughout the team,” Schelsinger said. “We even gained five new players [including freshmen Meghan Mastro, Lainken Fox and Rachel Millington]. Different games before the regular season allowed different people to step up and prove their spot on the team.”

With 26 matches already in the rear-view mirror, the team is currently deep into the 2017 season. The team has only seven non-conference games till the end of the season, which will help the Golden Eagles prepare for the big SUNYAC playoffs that loom ahead of them only a couple of weeks from now. After a disappointing end to the 2016 season in the third round of the playoffs, Brockport will try to redeem itself in the coming weeks. When asked how important it was to finish the season strong, Schelsinger said it is “very important.” She also went on to say that it is crucial for the team to host the SUNYACs which after the results of the SUNYAC Pool Play at Buffalo State, the Golden Eagles will do. 

The volleyball team has become a proven SUNY force throughout the past few years. With just seven games left, the team is more than ready for whatever the playoffs will throw at it. The 19 — 8 Golden Eagles are very happy about where they sit in the SUNYAC standings as of right now, but they are not settling. 

“We are confident but not being too over-confident since anything can happen,” Junior Defensive Specialist Maddy Taylor said. “We have our goals set and we are working to achieve them. We work very hard in and out of practice and we are hoping all of our hard work will end up paying off.” 

There are other factors playing into a possible Golden Eagles’ win as well.

 “Considering the fact that we are in our own gym hosting, we are hoping for a positive outlook,” Taylor said, after being asked about the team’s chances of winning it all this year.

The team is going to try to elongate its season, beginning with postseason play in a couple weeks, as the team will start the SUNYAC playoffs as the number one seed. The ladies are as excited as can be, so if you were to ask any one of the 18 players on the roster, she would be wearing a huge smile and be acting as though the team had just won the lottery. This should be a very special season for the books.

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