The volleyball team started out the year with two losses at the NEAC-AMCC challenge. Morrisville fell short to D’Youville College and Hilbert College, each game ending 0-3.
Sophomore Tiffany Jones-Maxwell and Sophomore Dayna Scurry were among the leaders in kills and spikes, Jones-Maxwell recording seven kills and three spikes, and Scurry with nine kills and three spikes.
The team philosophy this year looks to be, “play like it’s your last time on the court,” said Jacqueline Saddlemire and Megan Moses in unison. The Mustangs are looking to improve on their record from last year, Moses said. The team has set goals to improve off the court as well. “We need to maintain a 3.2 GPA as a team… and going to the gym three times a week,” said Moses and Saddlemire.
“We want to change the culture of the sport,” said new head coach Fred Wallace. “Our goal is to set the tone for seasons to come.” Wallace says he has a multitude of new ideas that he is excited to work with in order to help the team. “It’s a good group of girls,” he said. I’m very happy with where we are at.”
“I think Lancaster Bible School is going to be our toughest game,” Saddlemire said, “they have good technique.” To prepare for the game, the women said they would need to focus on their blocks, maintaining a strong work ethic through the match, and keeping an eye on the rewards of winning. “We want to make it to the NEAC tournament,” said Moses.
The Mustangs have ten returning players with the addition of three freshmen, DeeAnna Rammelt, Jasmine Hairston-Harris, and Kylie Murphy. Murphy, an outside hitter, is looking to be a fine addition to the team Moses said. With a large returning class of seven sophomores, this team will have the chemistry they need to work towards a successful season.
The women’s next game is scheduled for Sept. 15, where they will be traveling to compete against Paul Smith College. The match against the Bobcats is set to be played at 4 p.m. The Mustangs’ home opener is Oct. 3 against SUNY Oswego at 6 p.m. Coach Wallace said he is excited to be the first game in the newly remodeled STUAC Gym.