Le Moyne Volleyball Come to an End

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Le Moyne Volleyball Comes to An End

By Pat Coultry ‘18

STAFF WRITER

 

The Le Moyne Dolphins hosted a conference tournament game for the first time ever in program history on Nov. 17. It was the first trip to the conference tournament for the Dolphins since 2009.

They entered as a four seed and were matched up against the St. Rose Golden Knights, a five seed. The Dolphins opened the match with an early 7-2 lead in the first set. Le Moyne showed real energy towards the beginning of the match and it was clear how important this match was to the players. St. Rose was able to even the match at 13. Much of the rest of the set was back and forth scoring and St. Rose pulled out a 25-22 victory in the first set. The second set was different as Le Moyne was able to gain a 21-17 lead and eventually win,  25-18. In the third set, Le Moyne was leading 13-11 when freshman right side Jessica Miller was set up for a kill to move the lead to 14-11. Following a long volley, freshman middle hitter Anna Hafoka had a crucial block to further the lead to four. The next point was earned for Le Moyne to extend the lead to 16-11 after another kill from Jessica Miller. St. Rose responded with a timeout and the Dolphins clearly had all the energy and momentum in their favor. Le Moyne would go on to win the third set 25-20 and the fourth set 25-23. The Dolphins had solidified their first ever home conference win. The next opponent for Le Moyne in the semifinals was top seeded Adelphi. Unfortunately, after winning the first set, the Dolphins lost the next three sets and fell to Adelphi 3-1. Adelphi would go on to also qualify for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. Despite the loss, the season was an impressive success for the Dolphins who finished with a record of 20-8.

Four members of this season’s 2015 volleyball team were named to all-conference teams, a new program high. Junior outside hitter Natalie Casson was named to the second team all-conference. Sophomore Kendall Corcoran was named to the third team all-conference as was freshman right side Jessica Miller. Miller was also one of two unanimous selections for the all rookie team. Freshman Mikayla Porr was also named to the all rookie team capping off a strong season for Le Moyne from both their juniors as well as their freshman.

In terms of conference ranks, Natalie Casson finished the year fifth in conference in kills with 333. Casson also showed up in the conference ranks in kills per set, as she finished fourth in this category with 3.23 per. Mikayla Porr finished in the top five in two separate categories. The first being digs per set with 5.71, which was good for third in conference. Poor also notably was second in conference with .42 service aces per set. Finally, Kendall Corcoran finished second in conference in assists per set with 10.3 per.

This 2015 campaign for Le Moyne was one in which numerous records were set and Le Moyne nearly made the 64 NCAA tournament field. Presumably returning all starters next season, Le Moyne will look to improve on what was an incredible 2015 season and threaten Adelphi for the conference title in 2016.