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Women’s teams continue to grow

NADER HUSSEIN ’DOAH STAFF WRITER

After a long and hard fall sea- son, it’s time for the student-athletes to take a step back and evaluate their performances. The Lady Hornets have had performances to be very proud of, and most saw improve- ment compared to their results from last year.

This year, women’s volleyball won two more games during the regular season than they did last year, but fell out of the ODAC Tourna- ment in the quarterfinals. They lost to Randolph-Macon in straight sets, 0-3 on November 5. They have lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals every year since SU entered the ODAC in 2012. The team graduated two seniors last year, and will graduate four more this year. With a strong core of players returning next year, the volleyball team will be looking to finally get over that hump of the quarterfinals.

Sophomore setter Jasmine Cal- lahan stated, “Our goal as a team is to continue to grow and continue to get better. Also to improve our ODAC standings and go further in the ODAC Tournament next season.”

Women’s field hockey faces a similar barrier, losing in the ODAC Tournament semifinals in overtime three years in a row. The regular season saw them also win two more games than they did last season. The Lady Hornets rode a three-game win streak to the semifinals, where they fell to Bridgewater College 2-1 in overtime, in Bridgewater. Junior midfielder Kelani Bailey explained how the team surprised their confer- ence opponents, who did not expect much from them.

“We definitely surpassed every- one else in the conference as far as their expectations for us,” Bailey said. “Our team keeps fighting, no matter what the score is.”

The women’s field hockey team will lose just two seniors, and will also look to continue their steady improvement on the path to a better finish next year.

Women’s soccer faced a tough year, losing three more games than they did last year. After losing five seniors, the young team looked to their two junior captains, Danielle

Burris and Nicole Pratt. Burris had a very good year, earning All-ODAC and All-ODAC Tournament honors, as well as being named the Vir- ginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete due to her success on the pitch and in the classroom. The Lady Hornets still managed to qualify for the ODAC Tournament semifinals, falling at that stage for the third consecutive season. With every member of the team eligible to return next season, coach Elizabeth Pike is optimistic about the develop- ment of the team. Surely, Pike will look forward to the team increasing in chemistry, and getting over the hurdle of the semifinals.

The performances of women’s sports in the fall season were some- thing to be proud of, with volleyball, field hockey and soccer all making it to the ODAC Tournament. With most players on all three teams returning next year, the SU Lady Hornets ap- pear to have a bright future ahead of them, and will all look to overcome their individual barriers to take their game to the next level.

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