With a strong 24-4 record and little more than three quarters of the way through the season, the Seton Hill Women’s Volleyball team has a positive attitude going into the post season. Head Coach Richard Hall is “cautiously optimistic but proud” with his lady griffin squad.
“I feel very fortunate to have so many talented, gifted, intelligent athletes that have a tremendous opportunity to play at an extremely high level of competition,” said Coach Hall.
This convincing record has given them the third spot in the very talented PSAC west conference, which has the likes of Clarion and Gannon sitting ahead of them. They lost a tough match to the number one seed in the west, Clarion on October 25th but hope to bounce back in the upcoming match on the 28th against California University of Pennsylvania. These games are very important coming close to the end of the season, especially concerning where they will be placed in the playoffs.
“Every match counts and we are taking it one step at a time,” said Coach Hall.
Some impact players that both Coach Hall brothers rely on match to match are Lauren Teed, Cassie Hausfeld, Abby Malsch, Shelby Kyllo, Corrine Gahagen, and perhaps the unsung hero and quarterback of the team, senior Courtney Field.
“Lauren Teed is a very integral part of the back row; she is not only the primary serve receiver, but also our mainstay of defense,” said Coach Hall.
The Lady Griffins are very grateful for sophomore outside hitter Cassie Hausfeld, Junior outside hitter Abby Malsch, middle hitters Junior Shelby Kyllo and senior Corrine Gahagen. They have proved themselves so far this season with their “God given talents according to Hall by having such a presence close to the net being the top four leaders on the team for both spikes and kills.
This team has also been drawing in big crowds with a rocking student section. Their energy is contagious with long volleys, which either come up with a nicely placed shot or a vicious kill.
Heading into the post season Coach Hall is watchful for his team. He needs the team to stay healthy to compete in the rest of the games and contending in the PSAC post season. The conference only takes the top four teams so the Griffins need to stay on top of their game each match. One loss could put their post-season chances in jeopardy.
“Right now we sit tied for 3rd but with any loss could drop to as low as 6th,” said Coach Hall.
With the players that the team possesses, Coach Hall feels very fortunate to have these athletes and play at this extremely high level of competition. The Lady Griffins are all very excited for the upcoming volleyball matches.