Women’s Volleyball Gathers Momentum Midway Through Season

WCC volleyball team keeps their chin up as they venture into the second half of the season. (Photo: Johnnie Johnson)

by Johnnie Johnson


After a disappointing start to the season, the WCC Women’s volleyball team is finally on the rise again. Despite starting the season with two straight losses, the volleyball team led by first year Head Coach Taneisha Cantave, has bounced back nicely.

The team has won four of their last six games, including a dominant three game win streak last week, in which they won all their games by a score of three sets (rounds) to zero. In one of their two most recent games against Kingsborough Community College, they rallied back from a two sets to one deficit to win in an exciting five set match. However, the team did lose their most recent game against Orange County Community College by a score of three games to zero.

Despite the loss, Assistant Coach Fitzroy Lawson was proud of his team’s performance. “Even though they lost, they did pretty well at the loss” said Lawson. Rachel Mendes, who leads the team in digs and service aces was also positive in the loss but said there was a little issue the team needs to work on. “There was some communication issues but for the most part, we played our best and kept on going even when we were down and kept the games close,” stated Mendes.

Mendes is one of the veterans on the team and part of her job is to also help the new players on the team such as Lindsay Leggio. Leggio, who is a freshman at WCC this year, was happy to have the veteran players help her every step of the way this season.

“Since they’ve been on the team before, they know what it’s like and coming from a high school team to a college team it’s really been a big jump, but they’ve always had my back,” said Leggio.

Leggio also said that the team always tells her what she needs to fix. She has taken that advice well as she leads the team in assists with 177. That’s 168 more than anyone else on the team. But she too had said that the team needs to “Keep talking” in games.

All around, the team feels unified and excited as the season reaches the halfway point. Mendes didn’t waste time in showing her confidence as she believes this team has high potential heading into the latter half of the season. “I think this team is already great and we have to the potential to be absolutely the best team that there is out there.” There is also a mentality that this team goes by. “Definite W, that’s the mentality we always try to take so we think of nothing less and expect nothing less than a win.”

The team went on to face Suny Orange. And unfortunately came up short in the series.

WCC played well but not enough to overcome the Suny Orange offense.

Alysha Owens registered 13 kills and six services, and Lindsay Leggio continued her incredible team play with  21 assists. Crystal Alcantara also impressively added 11 kills without an attacking error.

The loss forces the team to drop to a 4-4 record but they look forward to returning to their early season form as they venture into the latter half of the season.

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