With a 13-9 overall record this season, Green Terror Volleyball sees more of a possibility to win the Conference Title this year. The team began their season with a big 3-0 win against Stevenson, but followed with three consecutive losses against York, Elizabethtown, and Goucher the next week.
Despite this small slump in their season, McDaniel Volleyball came back strong on Sept. 12 and 13 by winning four straight games in the Panther Invitational, held in Old Westbury, New York. They took home the tournament title that weekend.
After defeating Muhlenberg on Sept. 19 in their first Centennial Conference game and then Wilkes within the same weekend, the team knew they were back onto their winning streak. Just on Sept. 23, however, Terror Volleyball fell to rival Franklin and Marshall. It was a close game in which McDaniel made some key errors, allowing F&M to take the final eight points of the game, along with the win. McDaniel lost the last match 25-17.
Additionally, the team has competed in the Spartan Best Western Westgate Invitational hosted in York, Pennsylvania, where they took home three wins out of the four games played. Following this tournament, they defeated conference rival Bryn Mawr on Oct. 1, but fell to conference defender Swarthmore only two days later, making them 2-2 in the conference. The Green Terror also competed in the Worthington Classic in Washington DC, defeating two out of the four teams in the tournament.
“These past few wins have showed us that we are a versatile team. Our challenging schedule from here on out will be our test to see if we can continue to do well,” said senior and middle hitter Taylor Herrgott.
“It’s good for the team to get more regional competition so that we can see the potential rankings in the Mid-Atlantic Conference,” says Coach Molloy.
Herrgott, with a total of 1,205 career kills, was named the Centennial Conference co-player of the week for Sept. 7-13. Additionally, she earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the Worthington Classic in DC.
The four new faces mixed with the eight returning veterans have a lot to do with the success of the team this season. Leading the freshmen is outside hitter Annie McShae. Head coach Carole Molloy said she is very athletic with solid skills, great enthusiasm, and a winning attitude. McShae played for the volleyball team at Governor Thomas Jackson High School, a team that won the state championship game her senior year.
Team captains Lanni Reisinger and Kristen Nuckles also have shown strong leadership qualities so far this season. Molloy adds that since they were in these roles last year, they have only matured more, ultimately making the team a lot stronger.
For their fourth consecutive season, Green Terror Volleyball will participate in Digging For a Cure along with ten other Centennial Conference volleyball teams. The game will be at home on Oct. 21 against Gettysburg at 7 p.m.