The William Peace University Pacers volleyball team played host to their crosstown rivals, the Meredith College Avenging Angels on October 30th. This game was the most anticipated home game of the year, and with good reason.
The WPU volleyball team was also hosting its senior night for two of the team’s seniors, Lauren Naugle and Crystal Alston. Unfortunately, the Pacers came up short to the Avenging Angels, losing 3-1 in their final home match of the season. With an electric and exciting energy from the home crowd it was hard to not have fun on senior night, no matter the outcome.
The student section now called “The Pacer Pack”, gathered together in high hopes of being a loud and vibrant section, wearing pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.
The Pack did not disappoint their home team, even catching the attention of Head volleyball coach, Kevin Daniels.
“I really hope that every home match can be like that”, Daniels said. “I feel that’s what we’re looking for with our athletics department and the true college experience as a whole, I really hope that type of atmosphere is what we get with all of our sports.”
The games atmosphere also impressed team captain, Lauren Naugle.
“My Senior night was definitely one to remember”, Naugle said. “Whenever we play our cross town rival Meredith College, the atmosphere in the gym becomes a controlled chaos. Last night was absolutely wild, luckily for us we thrive off our intense and very dedicated fans. With losing our setter during a game last week, our team knew it was going to be a tough match. We fought hard until the very end, but unfortunately came up short. I’m so proud of my team. I couldn’t ask for better teammates nor better fans to cheer us on.”
Many fans in the stands on Wednesday’s game felt that the Pacer Pack was a big help in energizing the volleyball team, constantly telling the Pack to cheer even louder for their girls.
Among them was SGA President Josie Carmona, who found herself in the mix with the Pacer Pack.
“SGA was so excited when we received the Pacer Pack application, because it was proof that the school was approaching a whole new level”, said Carmona. “I have missed very few volleyball games in the past four years, and none have ever compared to this years. Meredith matches have always been a big deal, but now they are huge, and the fact that tickets were required for attendance, because of the recent turnout that the Pacer Pack has been reeling in has made me so happy that many students are so proud of their peers at Peace. It was amazing to see the drive and excitement grow in the players because of the crowd’s non-stop chants and cheering.”