Women’s volleyball dominates at Union Tournament

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Morgan Clark ’17 serves in Union’s 3-0 win over Oneonta. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Dutchwomen. Courtesy of Union Athletics
Morgan Clark ’17 serves in Union’s 3-0 win over Oneonta. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Dutchwomen. Courtesy of Union Athletics

The term may still be young, but that has not stopped the women’s volleyball from competing in 17 matches already this season! It has been an up-and-down journey for this year’s Dutchwomen to date, one that has included a five-match winning streak followed by a stretch where they lost three of four.

The season started with the Pacific Coast Classic out in California where the Dutchwomen split four matches, going 2-2.

A 3-0 season-opening loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges was followed by back-to-back victories, 3-2 and 3-1, over Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman University respectively.

Ally VanDoren ’17 highlighted the victories by combining for 31 kills in the two matches and recording a pair of aces in the victory over Pomona. Katherine Moeller ’17 did the dirty work, tallying 51 digs over the two wins.

The Dutchwomen closed out the tournament with another 3-0 loss, this time at the hands of the University of La Verne.

The team then returned home for the Union Invitational, where again the Dutchwomen split their four matches.

Union got the invitational off on the right note with a 3-0 victory over Williams College that saw Amanda Price ’17 record five aces and 28 assists. Brianne Hallock ’18 added four aces as the Dutchwomen combined for 11 as a team in the win.

Union lost its next match to Susquehanna University 3-0 before rebounding with another 3-0 win, this time over Middlebury College. Price did her thing with 36 assists while Alaina Thaxter ’19 led the defense with four blocks.

The Dutchwomen concluded the invitational by dropping a tight match against Ramapo College 3-2.

Next on the schedule for the Dutchwomen was the Union Tournament, which they absolutely dominated by sweeping their four matches and dropping just one set over the entire tournament.

In its 3-0 tournament-opening win over the College of Mount Saint Vincent, it was the familiar faces of Price (33 assists), Moeller (18 digs) and VanDoren (13 kills, four aces) leading Union to victory. The Dutchwomen followed with another 3-0 victory, this time over the College of New Rochelle.

Union finally lost a set in its third match of the tournament against Fredonia, but pulled away in the fourth and final set 25-16 to secure a 3-1 victory. Price tallied 39 assists and three aces while VanDoren had 22 kills.

The tournament concluded with a showdown against undefeated SUNY Potsdam that saw the Dutchwomen once again dominate with a 3-0 win. The team combined for nine aces while Moeller tallied 26 digs.

The Dutchwomen went on to record their fifth straight victory later that week, this time over Oneonta 3-0. Morgan Clark ’17 collected a team-high 11 kills and added a block.

The winning streak finally came to an end with a 3-2 loss against Skidmore College before Union bounced back with a 3-0 win over Bard College. Abby Salamone ’18 took over for Price as the primary facilitator on this day, tallying a career-high 24 assists.

The Dutchwomen have since lost two straight against RIT (3-2) and Vassar College (3-0).

The team currently sits at 10-7 overall but just 1-3 in Liberty League competition. They will resume action at the Utica Tournament against the Stevens Institute of Technology on September 30.

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