WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SEASON COMES TO AN END
Owens goes in for the kill against Ulster Senators. (Photo: Amanda M. Gordon)
It’s a wrap for the WCC Women’s Volleyball season, the Lady Vikings put up a good fight but their matches against Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) proved to be a tough challenge, forcing the ladies to hang up their battle helms for the season.
The overall record for the season was 7-13. While the season has come to a close, the players still took home some proud victories.
WCC Freshman, Madison Young, (number 14), was voted Honorable Mention All Region, distinguished for her ability to get double digit kills on four separate occasions throughout the season. Young was absent for 9 games due to injuries, but when she played, she played with all she had.
Sophomore captain, Rachel Mendes, (number 33), was named Region XV All-Sportsmanship Team. Mendes ended the season with an average of 2.6 digs per set, an act that consist of throwing herself to the floor to keep the ball in play.
The last three games were losses for the Vikings, including their final home game against the Ulster Senators. The Senators won the first set, WCC took the second set with a score of 25-17, the final two sets went to the Senators.
After the game closed out, four Viking sophomores were honored for their meritorious service to the Athletic Department and Volleyball program. Crystal Alcantara (number 6), Wiktoria Swiechowska (number 7), Andrea Huanca (number 16), and Mendes celebrated their final home game with their teammates.
I’m just so thankful for this season and all that we accomplished as a team, including our coaches,” Alcantara said. “We all grew so much by our coaches pushing us to be the best players we could be, challenging us, and supporting us this whole season.”
The team showed great communication throughout the course of the year. A skill that can easily be forgotten when the stakes are high. But it proves how tightly knit the players were.
“I think I grew as a person as well, that thanks to my teammates. We shared so much together, we won and lost as a team. We had each other’s backs throughout the whole season, no matter what,” Alcantara said. “The opportunity given to me to play for the Lady Vikings Volleyball one more year has made my semester, and has made my sophomore year as an athlete truly remarkable.”
In their final away matches, BMCC overtook WCC with the set scores of 3-1. The match against FIT lasted 5 sets which the Vikings managed to win 2 of. Theses matches were held back to back on Oct. 21 for the Saturday tri-match.
For the Mid Hudson Conference Tournament, WCC was blown out by Rockland Community College (RCC). The 3 sets were tight, but RCC was victorious in each set. The scores were 25-20, 25-16, and 25-21.
While the season is over, the Lady Vikings who plan to return to the court next year can aim to play even better than this season. And for the ladies who are retiring their Viking jerseys. They can hold on to the battles they shared with their team, something that Alcantara will be sure to cherish.
“I just want to thank all the girls for being real friends, for the laughs and the special moments,” Alcantara said, “and the coaches, for shaping me into the player I am today.”