Lady Cavs dominate Defenders in sweep

By Rachel Antuzzi
October 3, 2012

The Cabrini women’s volleyball team celebrates their 3-0 win over Baptist Bible College on Saturday, Sept. 29. It was the Lady Cavs’ fifth sweep of the season and ninth-straight win. (Rachel Antuzzi / Staff Writer)

For the fifth time in their short season, the Lady Cavaliers of the court swept an opponent. On Saturday, Sept. 29, they continued their winning ways with another dominating sweep over Baptist Bible College.

“We were very confident going into the game,” sophomore Dana Wisniewski said, “and as the [first] game went on, it really showed that we were going to let [Bible Baptist College] end our successful streak.”

The first set started out close with neither team really taking command of the court. The teams battled back and forth, tied 7-7, 11-11 and then again 14-14.

Getting frustrated without making major headway in the set, the Lady Cavs turned up the intensity and took the lead. Senior Meg Ryan clinched the opening set with a clean kill over the net, 25-23.

The two teams took to the court in the second set with Cabrini winning possession and putting three points on the board, one after another. The Defenders answered back with equal force, taking a four-point lead.

“We were going to have to fight for it,” Wisniewski said. “We had beaten Baptist, 3-0, at a tournament earlier in the season but we knew that they wouldn’t just hand us the lead.”

The set was neck-and-neck but the Defenders continued to keep control. The Cavaliers would close the gap just before the Defenders would regain possession and rebuild their lead.

The Cavaliers finally tied it up at 23 all. The next two minutes were nail-biting but Blue and White came out on top again win a 26-24 win in the second set.

Cabrini was fired up and it showed in the third set. They took a nine-point lead over Baptist Bible early. The Defenders closed the deficit to just two but that was the closest they got the rest of the set.

Cabrini’s momentum from the second set win had carried over into the third set and they weren’t going to slow down, winning the final set 25-14.

This game marked the team’s 11th season win and their fourth CSAC win.

“It feels great having another win under our belt,” Wisniewski said.

This winning streak is the longest the Cabrini volleyball team has had since 2009 when they had a 10 game streak.

Look for the Lady Cavs on Tuesday, Oct. 9, when they are back at Nerney Field House and take on rivals, Neumann Knights at 7 p.m.

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