Women’s volleyball being led by young core


Photo by Merlina San Nicolás Leyva

The women’s volleyball team practice their spikes before starting competition against Cedarville University on Sep. 13 at Hyland Arena.

Joshua Robinson, Sports Editor

Women’s volleyball, despite being sidelined due to COVID, are off to a fast start this season. 

The Lions have played in two tournaments to start off the year, putting together a record of 5-3.

“I think it’s a double edged sword, because all the matches we’ve lost, we lost in fives,” Head coach Will Condon said. “We’re pleased at this point, because we do have a really young team and a group that hasn’t played that much together that’s just trying to figure things out and we already done some great things it’s just a matter of more opportunity.”

The team holds a mixture of freshman and sophomores, and only one senior. While they’re young, they still manage to compete against teams that are more experienced.

“The difficulty is that we’re playing against a lot of older teams that basically have the same team back from last year,” Condon said. “I think that, right now, we’re at a disadvantage, but eventually, it will become an advantage for us.”

Although the team is fairly young, Condon spoke highly about the leadership of senior setter Jenna Garrett, who is the only senior that’s actively playing on the roster.

“She improved a great deal, she is working really hard, she has done a good job so far,” Condon said.

Garrett, so far, played in 32 sets, accumulating one kill, 10 assists, two service aces, 73 digs, and three points. 

Despite the team having played eight matches already, they’re still arranging the pieces. But Condon stated that they are still competitive.

“I think that they’ve been very receptive to the lessons that we’ve learned these first two weekends,” Condon said. “If we continue that, the ability to grow, and adapt, and learn over the course of the season, I think at the end of the year, we will be a very very tough team.”