The 2012 season has begun! Five new pioneers have joined the team this year: Alexi Provost-Shean, Erinn Winstead, Daniela de Kervor, Ali Carleton, and Isabel Valentine. We have high hopes for the talent and intensity that these players will bring to LCVB, and after a week of preseason, it is clear that as a cohesive unit, the 2012 team has the potential to dominate. We have been hard at work getting to know each other on and off the court as well as pushing ourselves in preparation for our tough upcoming conference matches.
After a week of double, triple, and quadruple days, LCVB is off to our first tournament at Oneonta State in New York! Go Pios!
The last few weeks have been monumental for LCVB. We began the conference competitions with two difficult away-matches against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. After losing both matches, we pushed through a tough week of practice and moved into our next weekend, hungry for a win. Beating George Fox in a five-match-long battle and Pacific University in four seemed to be the boost that LC needed to push us forward in the conference. Unfortunately, the weekend after, we fell to Linfield and Willamette.
Determined to make a change, LCVB worked hard at practice to prepare for our final, home-game match-ups in round one of conference, against Whitworth and Whitman. Whitworth was ranked number one in conference with an undefeated record of 7-0, and we had nothing to lose. The team came together in a way that we have not done before, flowing together and communicating to create a single, cohesive unit on the court. Not only did we play with our hearts, but we left everything on the floor: dominating Whitworth in a 3-0 win and ruining their undefeated record. The next night, we did it all again against Whitman, winning 3-1.
LCVB has found its spark. We ended the first round of conference with a bang and were ready to start round two the following week. Throughout the week we continued our steady growth on the court during practice, and we entered the weekend ready to shake up conference. We faced Puget Sound in our first home-game of round two, and just like the weekend before, we were ready to pursue a victory. We defeated #19 in the nation, Puget Sound, in three sets! Finally in our most recent match on Saturday against Pacific Lutheran, LCVB fought hard. We left everything on the court and came out on top in a 3-2 victory against the Lutes. This is the first win that LCVB has had over PLU since 2005, and it felt great.
It is safe to say that LCVB has really stepped up and set a new standard for its level of competition in conference. Next weekend, we will face George Fox and Pacific University on the road.
On Labor Day weekend, Lewis & Clark began pre-season matches by hosting a volleyball tournament. We set the bar high with our first, and five-game, match against Edgewood. It was great to play on our home court against great competition. This tournament allowed us to learn a lot more about ourselves, both as a team and as individuals.
On September 9 and 10, LCVB traveled down the coast to Thousand Oaks, CA for a tournament hosted by Cal Lutheran. While we only won one of our matches, we showed a tremendous effort against both Occidental and Cal Lutheran. Our determination, effort, and cohesiveness on the court really showed this weekend and will carry us through our conference matches.
After two consecutive weekends of tournament play, pre-season is over, and LCVB is ready to begin conference matches today! This has been a tough week of practice, and we are all ready to show the effects of our hard work on the court!
Tonight at 7pm, we kick off the season with an away match against University of Puget Sound.
It has been just over a week since the LCVB returning players and new recruits reported to campus to start the 2011 volleyball season!
On Saturday, August 20, we were all given the opportunity to meet a previous Lewis & Clark volleyball team. This team won conference and finished runner-up in the national championships in 1986. After talking to the players one-on-one about the school subject that each studied, the changes in volleyball over the years, and what allowed this specific team to achieve victory, head coach, Ron Kay gave an inspirational speech on his experiences working with this extraordinary group of women.
The opportunity to meet such an iconic volleyball team was the perfect start to a very busy week and a great preseason. On Sunday, after a day full of meetings with various members of the Athletic Department, the returning sophomores, Kayla Ernewein, Alicia Callejo-Black, Erika James, and Kelsie Dorpat, surprised the team with a scavenger hunt through downtown Portland, taking us from the waterfront and Naito Parkway to Powell’s Bookstore on Burnside.
Having enjoyed a great team bonding experience the night before, on Monday morning LCVB was ready to jump into the first day of preseason camp. During the summer, each player worked hard to prepare for the start of season, and those efforts are visible every time we play. It has been one week since the beginning of tryouts, and LCVB is well on its way to becoming a dominant force in the Northwest Conference. Now, as school begins we will learn to manage our time in order to balance both academics and athletics, especially as we prepare for the fast-approaching 2011 season, beginning with our first matches this coming weekend!
We traveled to Newberg last night to match up against the George Fox Bruins. We came out with fire, energy and a renewed desire to win, and we did 25-23, 25-19, 26-24.
Sophomore Jenn Dowdy finished with 14 kills, while Leia Matsunaga dished out 35 assists. Senior Lou Ohki returned to the line-up to lead the team with 14 digs, after sitting out the last match due to an injury. Elena Hoff and Matsunaga each contributed 10 digs. Katherine Fiedler came up with three block assists.
Alicia Callejo-Black easily had the best game of her freshman season with the team, dominating the net with her towering block, powerful kills and perfectly placed tips. It was an overall team effort and really, it felt fantastic to get back in the saddle again, to implement a cheap cliche.
Heading to Forest Grove tonight to beat Pacific in a few hours!
My apologies for the severe lack of posting during the past two weeks. I could give you plenty of excuses that are totally legitimate, but I won’t waste the space!
We start the second half of the season tonight with an away game against George Fox. It’s time for LCVB to turn a corner and as practice mantra has become, “Less talk – more action”.
In the meantime, please enjoy some pictures from our team outing to the pumpkin patch over fall break.
I’d also like to add that the ‘player profiles’ section of this blog has been partially updated as I start to get freshmen profiles posted. Thanks!