Wednesday, Oct. 29 marked the final game for the Lawrence Women’s Volleyball Team. Out of 26 matches this season, the Vikings came out with nine wins and 17 losses total, with a 5-5 record in Midwest Conference (MWC) play. This left them in sixth place overall for conference finishing just behind Ripon College. It was Cornell College who was able to place first in the MWC with a 10-0 record.
While their record did not clinch a place in the MWC Tournament, the Vikings still had a spectacular season. Junior Andrea Wilkinson and freshman Arianna Cohen were kind enough to take the time to fill in The Lawrentian about the best parts of their season.
Jenny: What was your favorite game this season?
Andrea: The Carroll game definitely stands out for me. We lost the first two sets and were down 21-24 or something close to that. We were able to pull off a comeback in that third set and won the next two sets for the win! It was one of the greatest comebacks I have ever been a part of for a volleyball game.
Arianna: Monmouth was not necessarily a team that we should have lost to, but our energy throughout the whole game was incredible. We came out and finished the game in three right away. I just remember being so happy the entire game with how everyone was playing.”
Jenny: Who would you name the Rookie of the year and why?
Arianna: I would have to say it was a tie between our two setters, Lauren Ray and Sydney Nelson. They came in and really took control of our game and the court. A good hitter needs a good setter, and we were fortunate enough to have two spectacular setters who made smart decisions on the court.
Andrea: I would say it was a tie between Cyra Bammer and Cohen for rookie of the year. They both had two completely different roles on the team and both stepped up to fill those respective roles. Bammer had a major role in our defense as the libero and kept many plays alive by getting some great digs. Cohen really stepped on the offensive side and was one of the main people we went to when we knew we had to put the ball down to get a kill.
Jenny: What are your expectations for next season?
Arianna: I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone grows in the off season. It will be sad without our two seniors, but having ten freshman means there is so much room for this team to grow. I think by the time we are seniors, we will really be a force to be reckoned with.