Triple threat: Woods, White, Wyman lead women’s volleyball

Union’s Lauren Woods ’16 and Amanda Price ’17 communicate with their teammates using hand signs during one of their matches. The Union Women’s Volleyball Team is performing exceptionally this season, with its efforts led by Woods, Kelley White ‘16 and Rachel Wyman ’16. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

The Union College Women’s Volleyball Team traveled to Annandale-On-Hudson on Oct. 17 to play conference games against Vassar and Bard.

Union first took on Vassar. The Dutchwomen had a total of 38 kills; Rachel Wyman ’16 led Union’s effort with 16 kills. Other contributors included Emma Sprotbery ’19, with six kills, and Lauren Woods ’16 and Kelley White ’16, each with five kills.

The Vassar squad nearly matched the Dutchwomen’s efforts, getting themselves 37 kills.

Amanda Price ’17 stood out for Union’s team, nabbing 28 out of Union’s 30 assists.

The Dutchwomen played solidly against Vassar earning a 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 sweep, leading to a 3-0 win.

Union played their second game two hours later against Bard.

The team added onto their winning streak, defeating the Raptors in three sets 25-10, 25-7 and 25-17. It dominated the contest with a total of forty kills; Bard only managed twelve.

Against the Raptors, White led the team with eight kills. White got her 1000th kill in this game and earned herself a spot in the 1000 kills club.

Woods and Sprotbery also were a huge part of the team’s success, adding seven kills each.

Price also performed well getting 26 out of the 36 assists that Union had in the contest; she ended up having the majority of Union’s assists in both games, helping lead the team’s success.

Many exciting things have occurred for the Dutchwomen so far this season.

The team has an overall record of 22-4 and it hasn’t lost a game yet this month. They have been on a winning streak since their game against Morrisville on Oct. 2.

According to Woods, “The team is a very close-knit group with an incredible team culture and a team dynamic that is a huge component of how we play on the court.”

The Dutchwomen’s hard work is clearly playing a role in their success.

Prior to this season, Union brought in a new coach, Andrew Brown, who has helped to successfully lead the program.

Woods spoke very highly of Brown, stating, “Instead of completely rebuilding the program he adapted his coaching style to one that would not only continue the success we’re had in the past but make appropriate adjustments to bring our game to the next level.”

Approaching the end of their regular season, the Dutchwomen will continue working to keep up their success on the courts.

Their final goal is winning the Liberty League Championship and qualifying for the NCAAs.

The team will wrap up its season this weekend at the Skidmore Invitational.


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