By Rakwan Hedgemond
The women’s volleyball team has been on a hot streak, winning 12 games straight since the season began on Sept. 1. The team’s record was 21-3 before falling to their ECC rival Molloy College on September 19.
The team has five freshmen, who have worked well with the veterans on the team. Now at 21-4, they look to bounce back against NYIT, another ECC rival, on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The team has used its recent loss to Molloy College to build confidence moving forward. “Statistically speaking, we should have won that game,” said team captain Danielle Valenza. “A loss at this point lights a fire under you, it fuels the fire for the next time we play them.”
Rachel Londot, a junior has been standing out, according to Amanda Ostapow, the head coach. “She’s definitely doing her job holding down the outside,” Ostapow said. “It’s hard to pick one person that’s standing out; our setters are doing a great job; Kristin Bendy, everyone is doing what we need them to do,” she added.
A key to the team’s success has been the serving. “We are currently number one in the country with aces per game,” Ostapow said. The team has had 227 aces this season. The weak point in the match against Molloy College was that they missed 12 serves.
“We are going to beat them when it counts; it was a great game,” Ostapow said about the match against Molloy. “There were just a few little things that add up that caused us to lose that game. There’s nothing to say; we can’t win another 13 games against the same teams we played,” Ostapow said.