Story by Hayden Modaff, Saint Reporter
Image courtesy of aqsaints.com
Fastly approaching the end of their season, the women’s volleyball season is well on its way to great things. Off to a 15-10 start this season and boasting six conferences wins to four losses, the extremely young Saint squad has been impressive so far. Even though there have been some minor growing pains along the way, the positive moments have greatly outweighed the negatives as the experience they’ve gained from early season matches is beginning to clearly shine through.
One highlight of the season so far was junior co-captain and team libero Marissa Spetoskey being named NAIA Defender of the Week after collecting an Aquinas record 56 digs in a thrilling match with Siena Heights back Oct. 4.
This young Saints squad doesn’t have a single senior on the roster, which some might look down upon, but it is looked at as an exciting opportunity for great things to come as these women continue to grow together.
Junior setter and Co-Captain Stephanie Chenlo spoke highly of the team’s effort to start off the season, racking up an impressive 5-2 start right out of the gates. Chenlo also mentioned how deep of a team they are with all nine of their freshmen seeing valuable time on the court. She’s excited that they’re not losing anyone for next season so the team chemistry should be an enormous benefit down the stretch this year and especially next season.
At this point in the season the team is just beginning their second round in pool play and sit in fourth place in the conference. Chenlo believes that this team is poised and primed to make a strong run at moving up the conference standings and being a very tough team to face in the conference tournament.
Chenlo is very impressed by the girls’ talent and hard work so far this season. She mentioned how well Spetoskey has played so far this season, praising her remarkable passing skills. Junior outside hitter Kristin Danielson’s work as their typical leading hitter was another topic of conversation. Chenlo believes that their success on the court is largely due to their team chemistry off the court, mentioning how close they all are as a team.
Chenlo mentioned that they’d love to see a huge turnout for their home game against conference foe Lourdes on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Not only is this an enormous conference game, but also AQ’s Pink Out game, which will feature on court games, raffles, and pink out t-shirts for the student section!
Looking ahead for the Saints, Chenlo stressed how much the team would like all their fans to come out and cheer them on as they begin their run at a conference championship and hopefully much more.