Gordon volleyball gets wins over Curry and Worcester State

Junior Carleigh Petersen pounds home a winner vs Curry

Junior Carleigh Petersen pounds home a winner vs Curry

Seniors Jessica Burdick and Krystal Vander Ark with family on Senior Day

Seniors Jessica Burdick and Krystal Vander Ark with family on Senior Day

(Wenham MA) The Gordon College women’s volleyball team won twice today (Saturday) at the Bennett Center defeating Curry 3-0 and Worcester State 3-1.

The Scots are now 18-9 with two matches left.

The team is 5-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and has a league matchup on Tuesday night (7PM) versus Wentworth to close their regular-season home schedule.

I haven’t been to a volleyball game at GC since Val Gin coached and my wife was the secretary of the athletic department. That was a while ago!

This year, while checking in on men’s basketball, I started to see that this year’s VB team was something special. I decided on a Saturday morning/afternoon home look at them today against CCC opponent Curry.

Teammates celebrate the seniors on the team

Teammates celebrate the seniors on the team

It was Senior Day so I thought I would be getting some sort of award. Not really. GC seniors Jessica Burdick and Krystal Vander Ark were honored before the game.

I won’t try to impress you with my volleyball knowledge…….since I have little. The terminology is new to me so I’m hoping that the pictures I took will be better received than the thousand words of false insight I might have written.

In the Curry match, the Scots were well setup often and had a number of effective finishers. The Colonels (10-13) had too many unforced errors to put the home team in danger of losing a game. The visitors started strong in the 3rd game but the combo of GC hitters and CC miscues enabled Gordon to get their sixth sweep of the 2015 season.

GC coach Sue Kelly

GC coach Sue Kelly

Credit second-year coach Sue Kelly for putting together a team and style of play that has been very successful in 2015.

The Scots have been a big surprise all season. Picked for sixth in the CCC coach’s preseason poll, the team from Wenham have defeated three of the teams (Western New England, Endicott, and UNE) picked to finish ahead of them.

A win over Wentworth on Tuesday night will give them a 6-2 CCC slate in 2015. The Scots totaled six wins in the league over the previous four seasons!

I wonder if this team can pull off a few more surprises in the post-season tournament.

Post-game thanks

Post-game thanks

In my opinion,the women’s volleyball team, like the women’s basketball team, has the “thanks” thing figured out.  How’s that?  They pray together right afterward publicly thanking God, and then they go into the crowd thanking folks for coming.  No waiting around for either of those two important things.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Meghan Hokanson tries to block the spike attempt of Nicole Rice

Meghan Hokanson tries to block the spike attempt of Nicole Rice

Krystal Vander Ark and Kristen Cooprider

Krystal Vander Ark and Kristen Cooprider

Another Mackenzie Hinds spike

Another Mackenzie Hinds spike

Mackenzie Hinds (#2) spikes

Mackenzie Hinds (#2) spikes

Dylan Marshall

Dylan Marshall

Sophomore Meghan Hokanson

Sophomore Meghan Hokanson

Junior Maggie Risma serves

Junior Maggie Risma serves

Maggie Risma digs as Carleigh Petersen looks on

Maggie Risma digs as Carleigh Petersen looks on

Jenna Labbadia ready to drive home a winner

Jenna Labbadia ready to drive home a winner

Action around the net

Action around the net

Freshman Renee Cooprider

Freshman Renee Cooprider

Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang

Courtney Carroll of Curry digs

Courtney Carroll of Curry digs

Jessica Burdick

Jessica Burdick

Carleigh Petersen spikes

Carleigh Petersen spikes

 

 

 

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