An unfortunate end

Thomas Mills, Volleyball
Senior Michaela Holbrooks jumps up to block the ball against Emory and Henry in the ODAC quaterfinals

Thomas Mills | Marlin Chronicle

By Madison Carroll

With a record breaking and victorious season under their belts, the women’s volleyball team seeded number two, was prepared to put up a fight in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament this year.

Senior captain Alex Lambert said, “This season was everything we expected it to be. Our team chemistry was the best it is has ever been and right from the beginning we all were on the same page about making it to the championships.” After a tough game with the number seven seeded Emory and Henry, the Marlins’ came out on top with a 3-1 victory ensuring their spot in the semi final game against Washington and Lee.

After beating Washington and Lee for the first time in the program’s history earlier in the season, the Marlins’ were ready for a close match in the semi final game.

Junior captain Marin Crowder said, “After beating W&L fairly easily, we knew they would have something to prove if we faced them again. Especially after Washington and Lee beat Randolph Macon, we knew that we hadn’t seen them at their best the first time we played them.”

Unfortunately, the women’s volleyball team was unable to continue their season past the semi final game, falling short to Washington and Lee. After a heated 5 games, the Marlins’ lost 3-2 to the Generals.

Senior Alex Lambert reflected on her last ODAC tournament with Virginia Wesleyan saying, “Although we fell short of the championship, we made history with the most wins in a season and the first time any team in the program beat Washington and lee university. Both teams played an amazing match during the semi finals and we fought hard until the end. I wouldn’t have chosen any other special group of girls to have a winning season with!”

Though, the season had a bittersweet end, the team remains in good spirits. Junior captain Kirstin Sessoms believes this is just the beginning for Marlins volleyball saying, “This has been the best season yet. Everyone improved so much throughout the season, which has helped us to break program records and to come so far in the tournament. We came so close in the semifinals, only three points away from our victory. There is so much talent on this team.” The future of the program looks bright for VWC. The 2015 season holds great promise, with a talented group of athletes ready to make history yet again.