Women’s Volleyball Serving to Win

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The NYIT Women’s Volleyball team has their eyes on the prize, the East Coast Conference championship and NCAA regional tournament. With Coach Gail Wasmus and six new players added to the team: Lindsay Abrams, Savannah Donarski, Katarina Sretenovic, Marja Jovanovic, and Kate Brock, the team is certainly on its way there. They began the season with a projected 2nd place finish in the 2012 ECC preseason coaches’ poll.

On September 24th, two of the team’s newest players, freshman Kate Brock and Junior transfer Katarina Sretenovic of Serbia were named ECC player and rookie of the week.  Both of these women are looking to assist the team and get them towards the ECC championship. “We work together and pick each other up. We have an awesome coach, she pulls the team together,” says Sretenovic. On September 25th the Bears beat Molly 3-0. “This was when the team really clicked. It was the most exciting game; there was great energy from everyone. We really showed them what we are made of,” says Brock.

The Bears have an overall record of 11-4, and an outstanding 4-1 conference record through mid-October.  Only Bridgeport is above the NYIT Women’s Volleyball team in the ECC rankings with two weeks to go in the regular season. “Bridgeport is definitely the hardest team in the conference,” Brock later added. They are the Bears toughest competition as they were the preseason favorites to win the ECC.

So what separates this year’s team from last year? Part of the team’s improvement this year, comes from their motivation to be significantly better than last year’s team.  “Our inspiration comes from last year’s team, we want to be better and see better scores,” says Sretenovic. In her 27th season, Coach Wasmus, feels that there are so many key players this year. “Shelby Cable, Kate Brock, Katarina Sretenovic, Marija Jovanovic, and Savannah Donarski are all key players,” says Wasmus. She also feels that height, experience and maturity are also major differences to this years squad.

With an outstanding team and coach, the odds are with them to make a run to the ECC finals and Coach Wasmus has made sure to keep the team focused on reaching this achievement along with reaching the NCAA Tournament. This year, the players all have good knowledge and skills. These women know how to fit both knowledge and skills into the court. “Coach says play an A+ game,” says Katarina Sretenovic. This team is highly skilled and knows how to work together, they are striving for victory.

The NYIT Women’s Volleyball team looks to continue its success this season and make a run at the ECC playoffs. The remaining conference schedule includes the annual Dig Pink game at home on October 23rd against Molloy, two matches with rival Bridgeport, and Senior Day at home on Saturday November 10th against Mercy College. Visit the Sports Calendar Page for all dates of remaining matches.

 

 

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