The NYU ladies’s volleyball group has made a powerful begin to the season with a 15-2 file general, an excellent higher begin than its roughly 10-3 file on the identical stage final season.
The group completed third within the UAA convention final season — an all-time file for NYU. It made two consecutive NCAA event appearances, making the Candy Sixteen in 2021 and Last 4 final season.
The Violets have been on a ruthless profitable streak since shedding 1-3 to Ithaca School within the season opener, profitable 10 consecutive video games earlier than the primary spherical of UAA video games on the finish of September. It swept seven groups and dropped solely three units out of the 33 performed.
“This group is tremendous aggressive,” head coach Andrew Brown stated. “Loads of gamers which are on the group now solely know profitable, whereas earlier than, we needed to struggle so exhausting yearly to get higher to make it to this degree.”
Group captain Haley Holz — a senior enjoying on the group for her fourth 12 months — has been electrical this season, registering 168 kills — the second highest within the group.
Holz can also be at the moment fifth in all-time kills (1,114) for NYU and will turn out to be second by the top of the season, if she will be able to replicate her 470 kills from final season.
“I consider that the group has actually begun to search out its groove, its chemistry,” Holz stated. “We all know that now we have all the items and now they’re beginning to fall into place — clicking collectively”
The Violets — 10-1 on the time — began the UAA Spherical Robin #1 in Cleveland on Sept. 23 towards Brandeis College, who was 5-3, and Case Western Reserve College, who was 9-3. After comfortably sweeping Brandeis, NYU had been humbled by Case Western Reserve 0-3. The group was capable of bounce again, nonetheless, with a 3-1 win towards Washington College in St. Louis.
“Any UAA recreation is at all times powerful,” Brown stated. “It seems like a postseason recreation due to how good our convention is as a complete. We perceive what we have to do higher subsequent time. We have now a possibility to play them once more. And the group did a extremely good job resetting after that loss earlier than enjoying WashU.”
The ladies’s volleyball group has been enjoying in Paulson Heart this season, a change from its former dwelling gymnasium within the Brooklyn Athletic Facility. Moreover a shorter commute, the brand new facility now supplies a spot to bond with their very own locker room.
The Violets have made the Paulson Heart a fortress, enjoying 13 video games at dwelling and profitable all however the opening-day recreation. The group continued to have its home-court benefit final weekend, beating Hunter School 3-1, Endicott School 3-0, and Wesleyan College 3-1.
“We love the help we get from individuals who come to observe the sport,” stated senior Chloe Hum. “It’s undoubtedly been one thing we’ve needed to get used to however we’ve been doing an excellent job with coping with the additional stress. We love seeing individuals get so enthusiastic about volleyball and having enjoyable at our video games.”
The Violets look to increase their streak of their second spherical of UAA play this weekend, enjoying Emory College and the College of Rochester in back-to-back video games on Oct. 8 in Chicago,.
“Emory’s on an unbelievable run this 12 months, and Rochester shouldn’t be the group from years prior to now,” Brown stated. “Anytime we play convention and back-to-back, it takes quite a bit. So we’re going to must be additional gritty as a result of each level goes to be like a marathon.”
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