Le Moyne Women’s Volleyball: 12-4 on the Season

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Le Moyne Women’s Volleyball: 12-4 on the Season

By Pat Coultry ‘18

STAFF WRITER

 

The Le Moyne Dolphins women’s volleyball team has received solid contributions from freshman starters this season and one of those freshman was honored last week. Right side, Jessica Miller, was named NE-10 conference rookie of the week for her stellar play. A day after the Williamsville, N.Y. native was honored, Le Moyne went back to work. They defeated Northeast-10 conference opponent American International College in three straight sets. In this match, Miller provided the Dolphins with seven kills and two blocks. She was able to take a more relaxed role in this match as Natalie Casson, Danica Durdines, and Andrea Buchanan combined for twenty kills. This demonstrated the even distribution across the front line for Le Moyne. Sophomore Kendall Corcoran, who has been one of the most consistent players this season, registered 24 assists, and seven digs.

The Dolphins were barely tested by AIC. After winning the first set by a close margin of three points, AIC provided little resistance to Le Moyne’s attack and failed to be a threat for the duration of the match. Buchanan led the way with thirteen digs and freshman Mikayla Porr, continued to make her presence known with eleven digs, as well. Freshman defensive specialist, Molly Gallagher, also got in on the action providing the Dolphins with seven digs. With the win, Le Moyne improved to 11-3 and registered their second conference win. The loss dropped American International College to a record of 6-7.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Le Moyne had a tri-match with Pace University and Long Island University Post. Le Moyne split, defeating Pace in five sets and losing to LIU Post in three sets. The Dolphins were in a dogfight with Pace. They won the first set 25-16 and then dropped the second set 25-17. In the third set, Le Moyne pulled out another three point victory, winning 25-22. Pace once again responded strongly in the fourth set defeating the Dolphins 25-13. After dropping the fourth set by double digits, Le Moyne took care of business of Pace in the fifth set, winning 15-8 to improve their record to 12-3 and 3-1 in NE-10 play. A strong balanced attack was needed from sophomore Danica Durdines, who registered ten kills and six blocks in the conference match.

In the second half of Saturday’s tri-match, Le Moyne struggled against LIU Post. The Dolphins were defeated in three straight sets which dropped them to 12-4 on the season. LIU Post was no easy opponent for Le Moyne. The two teams had nearly identical records going into the contest. LIU Post improved to 11-4 on the 2015 campaign with the victory.

Despite the loss, Le Moyne had reason to hold their heads high. Le Moyne is second in the NE-10 with a conference record of 3-1. Out of all the teams in the conference, they have the best overall record, which combines conference and non-conference wins.

The Dolphins look to take care of business and continue to establish themselves as a conference contender on Saturday. They enter a conference matchup with Southern Connecticut State University, who are 3-15 on the season and 1-4 in conference.