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Volleyball splits Brockport invitational

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 09:00 pm
Junior middle blocker, Elena Grossman jumps up to spike the ball on the opposing side of the court as the rest of the team watches in anticipation. The Golden Eagles split wins and losses in the four games during the Brockport Invitational. The team travels to Alfred University on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Junior middle blocker, Elena Grossman jumps up to spike the ball on the opposing side of the court as the rest of the team watches in anticipation. The Golden Eagles split wins and losses in the four games during the Brockport Invitational. The team travels to Alfred University on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Brockport volleyball team held its annual invitational this past weekend, where five teams competed in the two-day event. Brockport split the four games it played, beating Frostburg State and Cazenovia College while losing to strong Thiel College and Baldwin Wallace teams. This is the second invitational the Golden Eagles had participated in this year, going two for two in both tournaments. The non-conference matchups have given Brockport the opportunity to work out its kinks and put together a well-rounded squad before SUNYAC play. 

The girls put together an all-around solid effort during the invitational to bring their current record up to 4—5. Sophomore middle blocker, Meaghan Mastro, said that the team did not play to its full potential during the invitational matchups.

“We had so much more potential that wasn’t used on the court,” Mastro said. “We were intense at some moments, but other times we were just going through the motions.”

Head coach, Steve Pike, believes that consistency is the key to the future success of the volleyball team.

“We performed well at times,” Pike said when asked how he thought the team played. “Other times, we weren’t consistent enough fundamentally. I believe that once we become more consistent, especially with our offense, our outcomes will be better for future games.”

Brockport has the talent it needs to win games. Consistency however, is what the team needs to work on in order to take care of its opponents in a swift manner. 

Leading the team offensively is sophomore outside hitter, Laiken Fox. Fox has acquired 113 kills in nine games, including 42 from the recent Brockport invitational. Emily Orminski, the team’s setter, on the other hand is overwhelmingly leading the team in assists with 311 in nine games. 

The two have established themselves as the go-to offensive players when the team needs a point on the board. However, since volleyball is a game based on rotating positions, court setups change constantly throughout a match. 

In some games, the team would win the first or first two sets in a match and struggle finishing out the rest. But in other games, the team has lost the first few sets and came back throughout the game to tie it up or win the match. 

“That’s where volleyball differs from other sports,” Pike said. “Momentum is hard to keep when players are constantly rotating on the court. It’s a new team every time they rotate, causing different outcomes in different sets.”

The Golden Eagles have yet to face a SUNYAC squad, which is expected this early in the season. Just like last year, Brockport began the 2017 season slowly, sitting around .500 up until conference opponents entered the scene. That is when the team takes off on a full out winning spree. Sitting 27—0 against league competition in the past three years, the Brockport volleyball team can expect considerably similar results this year if no team steps up and breaks the historic streak.

When asked if there is a team that the volleyball squad wants to beat this year Pike responded quickly and confidently.  

“Alfred University,” Pike said. “We take it game by game. We don’t worry about a specific team. We only focus on the one that is next on the schedule.” 

The Golden Eagles travel to Alfred University on Tuesday to take on the winless Saxons who stand at 0—8 on the season. 

The upcoming game looks extremely promising to get Brockport back into the win column and improve the season record to .500 percent. 

Following the Alfred match, Brockport will travel to Clarkson University for another invitational. The Golden Eagles will face Susquehanna University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Clarkson University between Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.  

 

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