WPU Volleyball Starts Off Strong

WPU Volleyball celebratory huddle

By Caylan Harrison

Women’s Volleyball at William Peace University started their season this year with their best record yet.

In just three short weeks, the team set a record of 9-0 against top teams like Southern Virginia, Guilford College, and Roanoke College, and currently hold a record of  1-2 in conference play and 11-4 overall.

At the start of the season, the team traveled to Denver, CO from Sept. 6-7 where they played in the Wildcat Invitational and swept every team 3-0. After the trip to Denver, the team traveled much closer, to Greensboro, NC, to play in the Guilford College Invitational. They secured wins against Salem, Guilford, and Maryville College and won this tournament as well.

Brienna Laskowski, a junior on the team, was proud that they were making a statement so early on in the season.

“We have a lot of girls who are super focused and a lot of upperclassmen on the court, so there’s very good leadership,” said Laskowski.

It isn’t only the upperclassmen who are giving their best effort on the court though. Everyone has been playing their part in securing wins during preseason to make sure that they are in good standing for success deeper in.

“Even the freshmen that came in, they understand what it takes to be on the court because our leaders have set the standards so high,” said Laskowski. “Our freshmen are working really hard to achieve those standards.”

The team suffered their first loss to Christopher Newport University on the road in Virginia on Sept. 17. CNU had a record of 4-6 before giving WPU their first loss of the season. Since then, WPU has lost three additional games against Washington and Lee, NC Wesleyan, and Salem College.

Junior transfer Abby Benton thinks that the season has been going well so far, despite their recent losses.

“We’ve had a couple of injuries, so we’ve had to adjust our lineup. But I think we’re going to eventually get it,” said Benton.

Bouncing back from these injuries, the team must work harder in order to secure more wins in conference play.

“I think we’re going to go back to practice, fix everything that’s been going wrong, and get better for the rest of the season,” said Benton.

Looking forward, the next games on the schedule for WPU Volleyball are at Lynchburg College in Virginia on Oct. 4. Following, are the first home matches of the season on Oct. 5 against Pfeiffer University and Averett University at 12pm and 4pm in the Hermann Athletic Center on campus.

WPU will also be hosting, on Oct 8. at 7 p.m. in the Hermann Athletic Center on campus, for an exciting match against rivals, Meredith College.

For more information or the season schedule visit https://gopeacepacers.com/index.aspx?path=wvball

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