The Union Women’s Volleyball team, under the direction of new head coach Andrew Brown, is off to a stellar start, holding a record of 11-3 as the players approach the halfway point of their season.
The veteran team, with only three first years, has performed well against its opponents, including an exciting win over nationally ranked Williams College at the Union Invitational in early September.
The Dutchwomen started off their season against Ramapo College, where they came through with the win, defeating the Roadrunners 3-1. The team dropped its first set, but came back and swept the next three sets for the victory.
Next, the Dutchwomen competed in the Scranton Invitational, hosted by the University of Scranton. The team swept all four of their matches to win the tournament.
First they swept Cedar Crest, Wesley and Wentworth Institute of Technology, all 3-0, then defeated Oswego State in the tournament final in a close match that went to five sets. The Dutchwomen dropped the first and third sets, won the second and fourth sets, then pulled out the win in the fifth set to defeat the Lakers.
Alyssa Bonesteel ’17 was named to the weekend’s all-tournament team. Additionally, Amanda Price ’17 was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll thanks to her performance in the Dutchwomen’s opening five matches.
Next the Dutchwomen hosted Cortland, Williams, Oneonta and Saint Michael’s in the Union Invitational. The Dutchwomen continued their winning streak through their first three matches but lost it in their contest against Saint Michael’s.
Union’s first match of the invitational was played against Cortland. The match was played to five sets with the Dutchwomen again dropping the first and third, winning the second and fourth then coming out on top in the fifth. The victory was a close one, with the final set being decided by a score of 15-13.
Next, the team took on nationally ranked Williams. Again, the game went to five sets with the Dutchwomen squeezing out the impressive win. The team then took on Oneonta in another match that went to five sets and concluded in a Union victory.
In their fourth match of the weekend, against Saint Michael’s, the Dutchwomen again played to five sets, but this time they were unsuccessful in making a comeback and their winning streak came to a close.
The team went on to defeat Middlebury, along with splitting four Liberty League matches with two wins, against St. Lawrence and Bard, and two losses, against Vassar and Clarkson.
Key players for the Dutchwomen include Bonesteel, Price, Katherine Moeller ’17, Ally Van Doren ’17 and Morgan Clark ’17. Next, the Dutchwomen will travel to take on nationally ranked Williams.