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Women's volleyball eliminated in regionals

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:10 pm
The College at Brockport women's volleyball team (above) celebrated as it won a set against the Fredonia Blue Devils on Saturday, Nov. 4. The team made its third consecutive year run at the NCAA Division III playoffs this season. Although the team was eliminated by Juniata College on Friday, Nov. 10, during the regionals stage of the competition, its consistancy has achieved a season record of 26-9 and this year's SUNYAC Tournament title.
The College at Brockport women's volleyball team (above) celebrated as it won a set against the Fredonia Blue Devils on Saturday, Nov. 4. The team made its third consecutive year run at the NCAA Division III playoffs this season. Although the team was eliminated by Juniata College on Friday, Nov. 10, during the regionals stage of the competition, its consistancy has achieved a season record of 26-9 and this year's SUNYAC Tournament title.

The College at Brockport women’s volleyball team has failed to progress further than the NCAA Division III regionals, falling to Juniata College by three sets to one. The three-time consecutive SUNYAC Tournament champions may have lost in this year’s opening round of NCAA action, but they have proved that they are an established and leading side in all aspects of the conference. 

The Golden Eagles end their season with an exceptional record of 26–9 across all competitions, carrying an undefeated record of 9–0 in playoff play and claiming the SUNYAC Tournament trophy in the process. 

The team’s ending season game was hard-fought and nothing but exciting. Following a winning streak of 10 straight games, the Green and Gold possessed an unbeatable chemistry that was expected to remain intact during the matchup against Juniata College, but Juniata’s offensive force proved to be too much for Brockport’s defensive specialists. 

The matchup took place on Friday, Nov. 10, at Westerville, Ohio, and saw Brockport dominate the start of the contest, winning the first set by a final score of 25–13. Despite its bright start to the match, Brockport’s offensive prowess did not come close to competing with the firepower that the Juniata Eagles displayed during the second set. The opponent took an early lead of 4–0 and cruised to an easy set victory of 25–15. Similarly to the second set, the Juniata Eagles looked poised and comfortable across the duration of the third set and managed to take the final win by a margin of 25 to 18. 

Although the Golden Eagles fell to Juniata College, they did not fail to display the same level of fighting spirit that they have shown throughout the entirety of this season. 

“We definitely did not perform to our highest potential,” sophomore defensive specialist Christa Mickol said. “Juniata had a lot of girls who beat us in the height category but that is not an excuse for our falling. It was tough to deal with the elimination but we held our heads high and recognized our season success.”

 Apart from losing in the NCAA Division III regionals round of the season, the girls have to cope with the fact that they have lost five seniors. It may be too early to discuss the future of the group, but the departures of this year’s senior players are undoubtedly going to affect the team next season. 

This year’s senior class provided an element of stability and leadership that will affect the team’s performance next season. Although that may be true, the playoff experience that the sophomore and junior class have accumulated over the past few seasons will fill in for the absence of the senior class. 

“We will continue to grow, just like we have been doing for the past two years,” sophomore middle blocker Elena Grossman said. “Our winning chemistry will be bolstered with next season’s recruits. We are continuously working in the offseason to improve on what we achieved this year.” 

The Golden Eagles have never been anything but a leading and competitive group of players. This season’s achievements outweigh the setbacks and the idea of striving to be the best team it can possibly is what the team will forever stand for. Expect the team to continue its winning ways next year.

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