Published: October 30, 2015
The women’s volleyball team enjoyed one of its finest seasons this year, compiling an impressive record of 24-9. It has been all treats, and few tricks. The record includes a 5-2 conference record and a 13-1 record at home.
The team is currently enjoying a five-game winning streak, and the members hope to turn their current hot streak into postseason success.
Every successful team seems to have a recipe for success. Junior Brittany Cafiero said the team chemistry and insistence on focusing on the game are only two of the ingredients in their multi-win recipe.
“I think the chemistry is great between us. We haven’t really had any drama, which is huge,” Cafiero said. “Some teams have a lot of drama within the members, but we’re just all into the game, and we really don’t want to bring in any outside drama. It also helps that we’re all really good friends. We all bond and stuff like that. So just being so close definitely helps us out.”
One of the most impressive things about the team is how it has adapted and played well, even with its best player from a year ago no longer part of the team. Cafiero said the way the team has been able to make up for the loss has been a catalyst for the impressive season.
“We lost one of our best seniors last year, Julia Crilley. She was a great outside hitter and she did a lot for the whole volleyball program,” Cafiero said. “At first, we were a little worried, but she was only one player. I think because so many of us have so much experience and we all know how to play with each other, we’re all able to play more aggressive.”
Cafiero also said the entire team evolved with the loss of Crilley, and the production from every player has made the team more complete.
“Everyone really stepped up and realized if we were going to be a successful team, we all needed to take it to the next level,” Cafiero said. “Everyone is so dedicated and we all wanted to have a successful season, so that’s another reason why I think we all got better.”
This team has a ton of talent, and the way they prepare for every game helps lead them to victory most nights. Like any sport, volleyball requires mental, as well as physical preparation. Keeping their minds right should help prevent them from getting spooked in their final games.
“Honestly, our skill is there,” Cafiero said. “We just have to be there mentally, which is something we’ve really done a good job with during the season. There will be times during games when we get into little ruts, but we’ll be able to get back on track. If we just keep doing what we’re doing and keep mentally preparing ourselves, we should be good. We just need to keep playing with heart.”
Cafiero and the volleyball team play their final regular-season game Oct. 31 against Gallaudet University at 11 a.m., and Lebanon Valley College at 3 p.m.
Following those two games, the team will prepare for the Landmark Conference semifinals, which is being held at Susquehanna University on Nov. 4.
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