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Volleyball wins SUNYACS for the third year in a row

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 10:00 pm
The College at Brockport women's volleyball team (above) posed for its third annual SUNYAC Champions picture. The athletes completely blew away any and all competition, winning their past nine games, further proving that the team is the best side in the conference. The Golden Eagles' next challenge is the NCAA Regionals.
The College at Brockport women's volleyball team (above) posed for its third annual SUNYAC Champions picture. The athletes completely blew away any and all competition, winning their past nine games, further proving that the team is the best side in the conference. The Golden Eagles' next challenge is the NCAA Regionals.

The College at Brockport women’s volleyball team has proved its absolute dominance for the third year in a row, adding the 2017 SUNYAC Championship title to its endless cabinet of trophies. 

The Golden Eagles’ season has been an extensive journey of nothing but determination, hard work and success. With a season of 34 plus games, the team has one of the most physically demanding schedules of any other division three team. Despite that, the Golden Eagles have shown resilience and commitment throughout the entire duration of the season.   

The champs swept the entire opposition on their way to the SUNYAC trophy, beating both the Fredonia Blue Devils and the New Paltz Hawks 3-0. Keeping their nine-game win streak alive, the Green and Gold completely controlled both matchups early, as senior defensive specialist Kathleen Irwin displayed her experience and helped the team gain an unstoppable momentum with a series of excellent serves in both games. The entire team showed a consistent force of offense as it managed to come on top of both opponents with the whole roster contributing kills, digs and aces.

Following their championship-winning matchup over SUNY Fredonia, senior setter Noelle Poloncarz and freshman opposite hitter Laiken Fox were both named All-Tournament players as they were responsible for a big part of Brockport’s offensive prowess. Apart from Fox and Poloncarz, junior outside hitter DeAnna Ortiz-Whittemore was also rewarded, claiming this year’s SUNYAC Tournament MVP. 

Pike has implemented a yearly winning strategy of competing in the SUNYACS through film practices and tracking opponents’ statistics. 

“We have been training harder than ever before, and although the opposition has toughened up this season, our coach has been challenging us everyday,” sophomore defensive specialist Christa Mickol said. “We have built such strong chemistry this season and our coaches’ strategies have only made that bond stronger.” 

The Golden Eagles have shown no signs of stopping, and their season’s stats prove it. The team has not lost a single conference game since the start of the year, outscoring opposition by 48 sets. Additionally, the team has been responsible for one of the largest amounts of kills in the conference, tallying 435 more kills than the entire competition combined. 

With a winning streak of nine games, and two blow-outs in the SUNYAC Championship, the team undoubtedly has the ability to make a push for this year’s NCAA finals. But before that, the team will need to progress through the NCAA regionals. The first matchup is taking place on Saturday, Nov. 10, against the Juniata College Hawks. 

“We have been playing really good teams since our opening weekend,” freshman opposite hitter Laiken Fox said. “We have what it takes to beat any team, and we have proven that we are ready for any kind of opponent.” 

The team’s winning spirit and its determination to be the best has driven it to great success this season. With the SUNYAC Championship down, the Brockport women’s volleyball team is eyeing-down the NCAA finals trophy.

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