An Impressive Season For the WCC Vikings Women’s Volleyball Team

2018 was a year of excitement and unlikely success for the Vikings Women’s Volleyball team. The team posted a record of 15-7 and managed to win the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship. They advanced to seventh seed in the Region XV Quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by second seed Nassau CC. While this is already cause for celebration, consider that just last season the team put up a losing record of 7-13. Things have certainly gone better for Head Coach Taneisha Cantave in her second year of management. In such an incredible season of Volleyball, there is much to look back on. Below is the season in review; all of the most exciting and critical moments.  

Though the season would prove to be a triumph for the Vikings, the beginning of their ascent was a bit bumpy. The Vikings were swept by Rockland CC, 0-3, 19-25, 22-25 and 26-28. Though this was not an ideal start to the season, the Vikings did not let it keep them from trying their hardest. The Rockland team would prove to be a key rival in this season as the Vikings proved their skill. In their 15-7 season, the Vikings would not lose whole matches again to Rockland this year. In fact, when facing Rockland in the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship, they fought hard to pull out the eventual win with a score of 3-2, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, and 15-11. Though they struggled through the first two sets, the Vikings managed to pull through on the final three to advance. The victory showcased the talent of sophomore Madison Young, who had her best match of the 2018 season with 22 kills, three solo blocks and five digs. On top of this, Young achieved a .833 attack percentage and a couple of service aces to top it all off.

The Vikings also faced fierce competition from the Orange CC Colts, both in the regular season and once again in the playoffs. The Vikings and Colts faced off twice in the regular season, resulting in a split of the wins. Accordingly, it was unclear who would come out on top when the two teams would meet again in the playoffs. After their showdown in the playoffs, the Vikings came out on top, losing only two of the sets (18-25, 19-25). There were many great performances from various members of the team, some of whom were the most successful they have ever been. This match belonged to Freshman Melody Pabon, who had her career best contributing nine kills, 11 digs and two blocks, just shy of a double-double as well as Sophomore Taylor Mello who put up a double-double with 12 kills, 13 digs and four service aces. Additionally, team star Madison Young put up 20 kills, two digs and two solo blocks.

Though the Vikings made a great turnaround this year, they would not make it all the way to the top. Their battle finally came to an end as they were defeated by second seed Nassau CC in a disappointing sweep in the Region XV Quarterfinals, following their winning of the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship. With the unexpected success of the 2018 season, the Vikings are likely to be a team to beat in the near future.

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