Phoenix Down in Season Opener

On Sept. 8 Wilson’s gym was packed with students, faculty and family as they supported the women’s volleyball team in a non-conference match against the Misericordia Cougars.

The women’s volleyball team fell short to the Misericordia Cougars. This was the season opener for the Phoenix, but it was also the first time these two teams got a chance to match up. The Phoenix are now 0-1 on the season and the Cougars are 1-0.

During the first set, the Phoenix matched the Cougars, going back and forth, but the Cougars eventually pulled ahead. The Phoenix called a timeout when the Cougars got up 15-9 to try to rally for the lead, but the set ended 25-16 in favor of the visiting team. At the beginning of the second set the Cougars got an early five-point lead. They continued to increase their lead through the end, which gave them a final set score of 25-12, even though the Phoenix brought out a strong and intense defense. The third set was rocky for both the Phoenix and the Cougars, but the Cougars pulled out the victory on the set 25-14.

“We lacked communication. I feel like the team got down on ourselves and stopped playing our game and also lost our energy. That’s definitely something we have to work on,” stated Sierra Hill ‘2l.

The Phoenix had 7 kills against 15 errors on 58 total attempts for an attacking percentage of -.138. Meanwhile, the Cougars had 25 kills against 7 errors on 68 total attempts for a .265 hitting percentage. Leslie Farnes ‘21, Hanna Quarry ‘19, Laury Jean Baptiste ‘20 each had two kills for the home team andHill led the Phoenix defense with 10 digs.

Coach Hand stated, “We are improving. Our victories will be both on and off the court. I am excited to see our program grow not just for volleyball, but in all of our sports. Go Wilson!”

The Phoenix next game will be Thurs, Sept. 14, as they take on Galludet University.

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