Le Moyne Volleyball Finishes Regular Season on High Note

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Le Moyne Volleyball Finishes Regular Season on High Note

By Pat Coultry ‘18

STAFF WRITER

 

For the first time in program history, the Le Moyne volleyball team will host an NE-10 playoff match at Ted Grant Court. The Dolphins ended their season in impressive fashion, finishing on a four-game win streak. This past week, Le Moyne defeated Assumption College in three straight sets.

The Dolphins were led by outside hitters Natalie Casson, who had a total of 15 kills, and Marguerite Dillon, who added 11 kills. Kendall Corcoran tallied 37 assists as Le Moyne easily defeated Assumption College. With the win, Le Moyne clinched a birth in the Northeast-10 Tournament for the first time since 2009.

The Dolphins returned to action for their Senior Night and honored their lone senior Isabelle Carroll on Friday and the Dolphins were able to give her another 3-0 win, this time over Saint Michael’s College. Le Moyne again blew through their opponent, winning all three sets by a rather substantial margin. The final set was only won by four points. Natalie Casson and Anna Hafoka combined for 29 kills and Kendal Corcoran totaled 45 assists. Mikayla Poor also had 16 digs to help lead the Dolphins to their second consecutive win.

Le Moyne was far from done in what was an absolutely outstanding week. The 3-0 victory over Saint Anselm College the next day concluded the season with 3-0 over Saint Anselm College. This was the third consecutive three game sweep for the Dolphins, who were once again led by Natalie Casson and Jessica Miller. They each had 12 kills. Mikayla Poor led the way with 14 digs and junior libero/defensive specialist Maura Fay contributed 8 digs.

Closing out the season with a four game win streak, Le Moyne improved their overall record to 19-7 and conference record to 10-4, which is their best conference record in eleven years. Le Moyne finished the season in fourth place behind Adelphi, Franklin Pierce and Bentley in what was a very successful 2015 campaign. Three of the four Le Moyne losses came to teams higher than the Dolphins in the conference standings, the other loss came to New Haven, who clinched a six-seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The 2015 season is far from over as the Dolphins clinched a NE-10 tournament home game for the first time ever and will match up against The College of Saint Rose, a four-seed, Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

During the Dolphins’ four-game win streak that ended the season, they won 12 of 13 sets. The one set the Dolphins lost came against Merrimack College on Nov. 5. Since then, Le Moyne has not dropped a single set. This Dolphins are carrying a significant amount of momentum going into the NE-10 Conference Tournament, where Le Moyne looks to make a strong case that they belong in the NCAA Tournament.

The Saint Rose Golden Knights finished the regular season with a record of 12-11 and 8-6 in conference play. The Golden Knights were only two games behind the Dolphins in conference play, but won seven less games on the 2015 campaign. Le Moyne played Saint Rose once this season and won that match 3-2

Make sure to pay attention to the Dolphins this postseason. They have a legitimate chance to defeat Saint Rose and make a run in the upcoming NE-10 Tournament.