Last weekend, the women’s volleyball team played at the Great Lakes Crossover along with a group of teams from other conferences in the Midwest region. Although the Yeowomen started with a loss to Thiel College, they won against Eastern Mennonite University and Allegheny College in a two-game winning streak.
Sophomore Cami Sweet couldn’t believe the game stats as coaches Erica Rau and Katie Stansbury read them aloud to the team. According to the coaches, the Yeowomen have a good chance of winning more than half of their games this season, a first in the program’s history. Sweet became the Atlantic North Coast Conference’s Player of the Week scoring runs for nearly half of the shots made on the net during the tournament. Additionally, she had a .475 kill percentage on 36 on her 59 hits.
“We’re all so dedicated and we all want to win,” Sweet said.
The team’s early success can be partially attributed to Stansbury, known to the team as “Stanny”, a new Yeowomen assistant coach and former Colgate University Division I volleyball player.
“[Coach Stansbury’s] her enthusiasm and knowledge of volleyball make her an extraordinary coach. … I think our setters are already better after working with her,” said sophomore Natalie Dufour. “She also brings a lot of energy to the pitch.”
Along with Stansbury’s leadership skills, it doesn’t hurt that the majority of the squad is made up of returning players who were part of a historic win over DePauw University and the first win over Kenyon College. in six years. This team nearly hit .500 last season, and though they fell short of their goal, third years Taylor Gwynne and Andrea Jones eventually earned All-NCAC honorable mentions.
“We’ve worked hard to have a great relationship with volleyball in general, as well as our on-court chemistry, and it shows,” Jones said.
The coaches are showing as much enthusiasm as their players this season.
“We are so excited about this group of young athletes!” Stansbury and Rau wrote in an email to Exam. “Everyone has a lot of experience, and we have strong leaders who are ready to drive the program forward. They are the most talented team I have coached at Oberlin, and there are big things ahead of us this season.
Since then, the team has added another win to its streak in a Wednesday night home game against Waynesburg University. The team will face Olivet College tonight in the NCAC Challenge.