Mighty Macs fall to Cavaliers

By Elizabeth Krupka
October 29, 2009

Shannon Keough

The women’s volleyball team defeated Immaculata University 3-0 on Saturday, Oct 24. This marked 10 consecutive matches that the team has been undefeated.

The Mighty Macs had problems edging the Cavaliers out with scores of 25-13, 25-8 and 25-19. Lindsey Silvestro led the Mighty Macs with five kills. Kathleen Haefner topped Immaculata’s team high with 10 digs.

Stephanie Recklau of the Cavaliers had a standout game with the team’s best 11 kills and 17 attempts, with only one error. This makes Recklau the fifth best in the National Collegiate Athletic Association for her hitting percentage.

Other standout Cabrini players included Lizzie Williams with a match best 35 assists, eight digs and five kills out of 13 attempts. Courtney Abel topped the Mighty Macs defensively with 22 digs.

“This win was crucial to our season; it keeps us going strong and brings us to one more game to play in our regular season. Since we won, we will be undefeated in the regular season,” Courtney Abel, sophomore libero, said.

Along with celebrating a win, the Cavaliers honored their seniors at this game. Traci Beltz, Lizzie Williams and Kate Conahan are the three seniors that were looking for a major win on the senior day.

The 10-0 record is a program best for the women’s volleyball program. The 2009 team is one win short of matching the program all-time single record for single-season wins.

“Our team has developed tremendously over this season; our serving has improved greatly. At the beginning of the season we had a lot of missed serves, but with practice and learning different techniques, we have gotten a lot better. Our hitting and passing has improved as well,” Megan Creed, sophomore outside hitter, said.

The successful winning season has pushed the Cavaliers to further their goals as a team and to raise the bar for the program.

This game helped in preparing the Cavaliers for the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs coming up on the schedule in two weeks. The goal was to be successful in this game in order to help the team better prepare for the tough games in the following weeks.

“This win helped us prepare for conference playoffs and the championship by ensuring our confidence in each other as a team. This game was a perfect example that when we have fun and play together we are successful,” Creed said.

The Cavaliers have one more conference game on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. This will end the winning season for the Cavaliers team, pushing them into the playoffs.

“This was a great win that helps us prepare for Neumann and Philly Bible, both of which are great teams that we hope to defeat to continue to our season goal; to be champions,” Creed said.

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