By Rachel Clarey
The Union Volleyball team has enjoyed a very successful season thus far. With just six more games until postseason play, the Dutchwomen hold an impressive 22-10 record. The team currently stands in third place in the competitive Liberty League, with a league record of 7-5.
The Dutchwomen’s season began at the NYU Invitational where they won three out of four matches, defeating St. John Fisher College, Babson College and Centre College, but losing to NYU’s team. Next, the team traveled to Ithaca for the Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College.
The girls dominated their opponents, winning all four of their matches against teams from SUNY Oneonta, Ithaca College, Cazenovia College and Baptist Bible College.
After a strong 7-1 start to their season, the Dutchwomen hosted their own Union Invitational. The girls defeated SUNY Cortland and St. Michael’s College, but lost to Nazareth College and SUNY Oneonta, a team they had beaten earlier in the season.
As the season progressed, the Dutchwomen defeated Middlebury College, Kean College and Baptist Bible College, and lost to a strong Williams College team before diving into league play.
Volleyball in the Liberty League is competitive and others in the league proved to be tough opponents for the Dutchwomen. The team stands at 5-3 in the Liberty League; they have defeated Bard College and Vassar College twice and Skidmore College once while dropping close matches to St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and the Rochester Instituted of Technology.
Other action included avenging the team’s previous loss to SUNY Oneonta and defeating Bridgewater State University and Lasell College but losing to Susquehanna University at a second Union Invitational.
Over the weekend of Oct. 25, the Dutchwomen went 2-2, defeating Skidmore and RIT and losing to St. Lawrence and Clarkson. All four of these matches were league play and the team’s win against RIT, a team they lost to earlier in the season, helped to raise their league standing.
One great asset to the Dutchwomen this year is Kat Moeller ’17.
This season, Moeller has been honored as the Liberty League Performer of the Week, named to the Liberty League Honor Roll and the All-Tournament Team at the Union Invitational and received the ECAC Corvias Award.
Moeller has recorded a total of 656 digs this season; her season high was 37 against St. Michael’s College at the Union Invitational. Another asset is Rachel Wyman ’16, who leads the team in kills this season, with 309.
So far this season, the Dutchwomen have had 1,225 kills and have committed only 515 errors. Cumulatively, the girls have outscored their opponents 2,562 to 2,258.
The Dutchwomen are heading towards the postseason with hopes of success.
The girls have two final matches until postseason play.