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October 6, 2009 4:59 am

Volleyball Unites, Hopes to Ace Season

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First-year Shelby Mullennix serves during a match against Elizabeth College. Photo by Dave Chase

First-year Shelby Mullennix serves during a match against Elizabeth College. Photo by Dave Chase

After a turbulent start to the year, the Seahawks volleyball team is working hard to turn out a winning season, with a current record of 10-7.

The team was faced with the challenge of losing integral players at the beginning of the season, but with the addition of talented freshmen and a commitment to team unity they are confident in their strength.

“The team as unit is very close-knit. We have never had such a strong bond off the court and I feel as though that is what helps us to stay so strong. At some of the lower points in the season this is what has helped us regain our motivation and strive to work harder,” said senior and team co-captain Jenn Lamar.“I think we have done a better job of learning how to play on a team rather than simply six individuals on the court.”

They are also challenged by their reputation as a skilled and highly athletic team. “Other colleges know that we are competitive, making their desire to beat us even stronger. Like us, other schools feel as if they have something to prove,” said senior and co-captain Jennifer Feldmann.

But with their dedication and enthusiasm, the team is optimistic. “We’ve all been working really hard at practice to improve and come together as a team. I think the fact that we are hard-working is our biggest strength” said first-year Cecilia Blanc.

Another of the team’s key assets is athleticism, according to Feldmann. After losing to Salisbury University in the finals of the conference championship the last two years, the team’s main goal this year is to win the CAC championship.

They also hope to increase in consistency. “As a team we want to be competitive, consistent, and play our best. Our coach continually reminds us that ‘every point counts,’” Feldmann said.

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