Chatham Volleyball’s Historic Season Comes to a Close

Author: Jack Ridenour

It has been a year to remember for the Chatham Women’s Volleyball team. The team has come a long way from the one-win season that occurred last year. With the addition of the skilled first years and experience from the returners, it made for a memorable season for the Cougars.

The team improved their win total from just one win last year to eight this year. They had crucial victories against some PAC rivals, including Waynesburg University, Thiel College and St. Vincent University. Other victories included against Franciscan University, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Carlow University.  Their victory against Waynesburg was the first conference win in the team’s history.

The Cougars finished the season 8-23, placing ninth in the conference. Their season ended after a hard fought loss to Thomas More College.

        “Definitely teamwork, we all enjoy playing with one another so that’s what really gets us to work well together.” said junior defensive specialist and Policy Studies major Ava Iuliucci. This characteristic has been a big improvement for the team over this past season.

        “I think we all wish we would have been able to go to playoffs, but we ended the season on a very good note and we accomplished a lot, so we were all excited.” said Iuliucci when asked about this historic season.

        The team showed a lot of promise this past season. The returners were able to tutor the first years, and the first years were able to adjust quickly to collegiate level of play. With their continued growth and improvement this team can really make a run at playoffs in the seasons to come.

As they continue to add new players each year, and build off of the previous seasons, the Cougars should become a team to watch in the PAC.

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