Womens’ Volleyball Breaks Skid With Big Win, Ready for Playoff Push
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The womens’ volleyball team has finally snapped a seven game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over St. Joseph (CT) on Monday night.
The win improved the team’s record to 9-13, and hopefully will be a catalyst for a strong playoff push. The team has been streaky this year, winning two then losing two, winning four then losing seven, etc. Despite a ravaging series of injuries, including starters Hailey Atkinson, Jessica Bard, and Kathryn Babb (who played in only her third game of the season on Monday,) the team has hung in there and is still in the playoff hunt.
Head coach Noel Moran, in her second season as head coach, was very proud of the team after the skid was snapped. “Our bench really came through for us. We have been dealing with a bad string of injuries, and the girls stepped right up to the challenge. Taking St. Joe’s to five showed how much winning means to them. We had a long weekend with four games and 11 hours traveling in buses. I’m beyond pleased they ended the trip on a positive note,” said Moran. After seven straight losses and a grueling weekend, the women refused to give up and showed what being a Ram is all about.
Coach Moran also gave high praise to her team’s fortitude and determination in Monday’s match. “Mental toughness mixed with physical toughness was key. When St. Joe’s would get three points, Suffolk would answer with four. The girls regained balance instead of letting St. Joe’s run away with it. We controlled our side, got serves in, put the ball in when we needed to, which led to a victory for the Rams,” she said.
Moran is excited with the new focus and direction the team can take with their losing streak now out of the way. “The team has been taking the losses to heart. They know what they need to do to fix it and will put in the work at practice. We are bouncing back and practicing all week to get back on the winning side of the few matches we have left… We are on a new course to better the outcome and make the playoffs.”
With this kind of energy and work ethic in the locker room and on the court, womens’ volleyball will definitely be looking to make a huge statement in their seven remaining games. They most certainly have the talent and drive to do so.
The womens’ volleyball team is looking to inch closer to the playoffs when they take on UMass Dartmouth this Friday on the road. Their next home game is Tuesday against Rivier.