Volleyball wins 2 straight, but still room for improvement

Category:  Sports
Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:55 AM
Volleyball wins 2 straight, but still room for improvement by Amber Chisholm
Hannah Brentar digs for the ball during last week's games. | Photo: Benjamin McCullough

The Edinboro women’s volleyball team moved to 8-5 on the season after consecutive sweeps over Lock Haven University and Bloomsburg University. Both games took place over Edinboro’s Hall of Fame weekend, where on Friday, Sept. 27, former player Jenna Newman (2004-07) was among the inductees.

On Sept. 26, Edinboro defeated Lock Haven with scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 26-24. Then, on Friday, they beat Bloomsburg, 25-15, in three straight games.

With the matches being their first in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) this season, sophomore setter Alicia Eldredge says that the team is still figuring out what can lead to their best performance.

“It’s been up and down, but I think we’re getting there,” she said.

Pressure mounted around the third game of both matches, as both Lock Haven and Bloomsburg cut in close, even tying it at points, yet three tea members credits both their composure and confidence and support for each other for their progress, which they agree is a consistent pattern, as Eldredge, junior outside hitter Cierah Jackson and freshman outside hitter Bella Burrelli shared similar thoughts.

With strong spikes and serves by Jackson and consistent passing from Burrelli, Edinboro ultimately stayed on top.

Coach Missy Soboleski, now in her 15th season, said that the team is around where she expected them to be, given the increase in freshmen players. She’s still pushing for them to improve in areas such as having more energy, communication on the court, and applying pressure on the other team.

Soboleski said the team played much better on Friday.

“We stayed pretty consistent, passing well and serving tough, applying pressure to Bloomsburg. We still need to work on blocking, and slowing down the opposite hitters, and channeling them to our defenders. Offensively we will continue to work to improve out-of-system attacking.”

Burrelli added: “I feel, honestly, we played really well on the court together. I feel [that] when even someone makes a mistake, another person will step up and we still come together after every play.”

Assistant Coach Lee Anderson believes the team has set itself up to be “really good in our conference if we play to the level we’re capable of.”
“I think we’re good enough to make the playoffs.”

Their next match has them traveling to East Stroudsburg University on Thursday, Oct. 3 for a 7 p.m. start time.

They are curently 8-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Note: The team has been documenting their travels on their Twitter account this season and sent out this tweet Wednesday night:

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