With a 15-7 overall record, a 12-3 record in the PacWest, and currently riding their longest winning streak since 2015, it doesn’t seem like the season can get much better for women’s volleyball.
But with seven games left to play and a conference title in sight, that could be a possibility for this year’s team.
“There’s five different schools who are in the hunt, and it’s very, very tight,” said five-year head coach Jonathan Scott. “There are multiple ways where we could win this conference.”
While the team is 8-0 in the last eight matches, the season hasn’t been without its adversity. The team began 1-4 and 7-7 before the winning streak.
“A lot of hard work has gone into that. There were a couple losses at the beginning, and we knew we were stronger than that,” said junior setter Cara Keturakis. “So we just grinded, and we found ourselves getting some results out of that.”
When asked which players have stood out over the course of the team’s 8-0 run, it was difficult for Scott to mention one, although defensive specialist and freshman Courtney Dyer was brought up as a recent standout.
“That’s been the fun thing about this season. We’ve had somebody different stand out in pretty much every match,” said Scott. “We just had Courtney Dyer get Freshman of the Week, and that was our third player on the team to earn a weekly accolade. We’re not just relying on one or two people this year.”
Keturakis agreed that the team as a whole has stood out, which has made the offense easier to run. Freshman outside hitter Rachael Schlect also felt that Dyer’s individual accomplishments were worth noting.
“Courtney has definitely stepped up her defensive game with solid and consistent passing, and just getting those digs,” said Schlect. “It’s been fun to watch.”
The team’s next match will be on Friday night in Biola. The next home game in the Golden Gymnasium will be on Saturday night at 5 P.M. against Concordia.
“It would be nice if we had a good showing on Saturday,” said Scott. “There might be some special treats for those who show up.”