Women’s volleyball locks in home-court advantage in playoffs

By Kassia Bernosky
October 25, 2011

The women’s volleyball team defeated Immaculata University in their last CSAC home game of the season at the Nerney Field House on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Lady Cavs continued their CSAC winning streak with a 3-1 win over Immaculata.

The team started the match strong, leaving Immaculata trailing behind them.  The Lady Cavs defeated Immaculata in the first two sets, 25-10 and 25-14.

“We knew that Immaculata wasn’t the strongest team of the league but that means we need to be ready for anything to happen,” Courtney Abel, senior setter, said. “Immaculata is a scrappy team and that keeps us guessing what will happen next.”

In the third set Immaculata upped the competition. Towards the end of the set the competition got intense when the teams tied 24-24.  The crowd was riled up and felt the players’ stress while watching the last two serves. The set ended 24-26 in favor of Immaculata.

”It’s definitely rough to see that Immaculata came back to take a game from us but that made us want to win even more,” Abel said. “All of the players on the team were ready for the next game and ready to show what we have.”

With only two more sets left to go, the Lady Cavs refocused themselves and made their comeback. They only needed one more set in order to take the game from the Mighty Macs. Cabrini won the fourth set 25-17.

“Every game we play is significant to us. Our coach as well as our team have high expectations and do not take well to losing,” Alaina Clark, sophomore setter, said. “This game wasn’t a ‘big’ game, meaning that the team we played wasn’t that great but it would significantly hurt us if we did lose overall. We are in first place in the conference so we locked in having home-court advantage and it could have been possible to lose that if we lost to Immaculata.”

Junior Danielle Carrozza, outside-hitter, recorded 16 kills, while senior outside-hitter Alexis Doss and sophomore middle-hitter Michele Fitz each recorded 10 kills. Senior middle-hitter Beth Gillespie also recorded seven kills.  Clark notched 43 assists while sophomore libero Sophia Sokolovich recorded 26 digs.

Throughout the game, the Lady Cavs showed they could work well as a team.  They hit strong serves and set-up great assists.  The Lady Cavs’ great teamwork and hard work paid off, getting them home court advantage for the CSAC playoffs.

“Going into the game we knew they would be scrappy but if we served aggressively, played smart, worked together and attacked the ball, we would win,” Clark said.

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