The volleyball team finished out its season at the NCAA tournament on Nov.11. The Pirates fell to Chapman 3-1 in the first round of the tournament, bringing theirseason record to 30-4.
“Although we are disappointed with the lost, Chapman played phenomenal defense,”Head Coach Hannah Long said.
Both teams put forth a good effort in the match, according to Student Assistant CoachJulie Bartrip.“We playedour hearts out, and Chapman played their absolute best,” Bartrip said.
The team earned a spot in the tourney after the SCAC in Jackson,Mississippi.
The Pirates placed third in their conference, following Colorado College in firstplace and Trinity University in second.
“Being selected for the NCAA tournament is always a great accomplishment,” Long said.
The team’s high number of wins this season adds to a solid record from the past fewyears.“Over the last four years, we’ve lost a total of 19 games,” Bartrip said.
In order to achieve this level of success, Long says the Pirates invest a lot of time inpreparing for games.
“The team practices four days a week, plays against teammates two days a week, and hasone day off,” Long said.
The time spent together creates a bond between teammates, says one player.
“We love each other and are a family- always,” Elizabeth Sandoval said.
Looking ahead to next season, Long shares some advice for the underclassmen.
“Remember the work it takes to be at that level and keep us on successful path,” CoachLong said.
She also has words of farewell for the team’s seniors.
“Take the lessons you learned from being on team for therest of your life.”
Commenting on the team’s overall performance this year, Bartrip congratulated all players.
“Through wins and losses, we were successful. Thank you for an amazing season,” Bartrip said.
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