As the season ends for the Keene State College’s women’s volleyball team after falling short at the Little Eastern Conference (LEC) Championship, the team believes this season was still a success.
Niamh Dodd, a junior on the team said, “It was a successful season even after losing the championship game, we had the best season in our program history.”
Some team members like Dodd, confessed that they were nervous going into the final game even though they proved to have had a better record than University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston.
Dodd added, “Records aren’t everything and we knew UMass Boston was capable of beating us and we had nerves going into the game and we didn’t play as well as we could’ve, but we knew they were a tough team to play.”
During the season, the team battled through injuries especially for sophomore Kelly Hunt, who came back to the court later in the season.
Hunt said, “I worked really hard in practice so I could get back to the court as quick as possible. I spent a ridiculous amount of time in the training room for my ankle. I came back slowly and I personally felt like I made up for the lost time on the court during my injury once I was able to comeback to practice.”
Hunt started practicing again while she was still going to therapy because she knew she could have made it worse.
Hunt said, having the experience of going to the LEC Championship game the volleyball team goes into next season only losing one senior and the team is ready for the challenge of winning the LEC next season.
First-year and team member Cydnee Morgan is from Colorado and said that the Colorado is very different from New Hampshire.
She chose KSC because she wanted to get that experience playing for a good team and compete in the LEC.
Morgan said that her role on the team is a utility and they use her everywhere on the court.
Morgan also said, “My freshman season was a great learning experience. Next season will be an easier dynamic and I know what to expect in pre-season to train even harder than I did this past season.”
Dodd who was rewarded captain this previous season as a junior and she said she felt that she took a big leadership role for the younger players and they felt comfortable talking about issues or concerns on and off the court.
After a successful season, the volleyball team goes into the off-season training as hard as they can to compete for the LEC Championship again next season.
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