The Wilson College women’s volleyball team won their first match of the season against NEAC opponent Bryn Athyn College Sept. 30 at Gannett Memorial Field House.
The Phoenix clenched their first win of the season, but also made a remarkable mark in women’s volleyball history at Wilson. This is the first match the program has won since it’s initial start in the fall of 2016.
Holding nothing back, the Phoenix came out strong and clenched the first set 27-25. The Phoenix continued to dominate offensively and finished the second set with a score of 25-15. Ending the third set, the Phoenix remained on top and swept the set with a score of 25-22.
On the court, the Phoenix had 29 kills versus Bryn Athyn who trailed them with 18 kills. The Phoenix ended with an attack percentage of .173 while their opponent had a .119 attack percentage.
“I think the team played well. Everything that we had been practicing seemed to click during the game. Our practices are paying off and we’ve been losing by smaller and smaller gaps each game,” Delaney Keown ‘19 said.
The Phoenix had many players that were key contributors to their win. Laury Jean Baptiste ‘20 led the Phoenix offensively with 15 kills, which is a season high for her as well as 4 blocks. Leslie Farnes ‘21 also led the Phoenix with a season high of 20 assists, while Hannah Quarry ‘19 had 10 digs.
The excitement of winning was shown amongst all the players on the court.
“Winning this game gave us more confidence on our skills. It also showed us that we are capable of more than we thought. Seeing my coach so happy was the best feeling in the world. Coach Hand was finally able to see the fire that we have. It also shows that we are competitive and can keep up and potentially beat other teams,” Jean Baptiste commented.
After getting their first win, the Phoenix will be back to action at Lancaster Bible on Oct. 7, in a NEAC conference game.