Women’s Volleyball in Playoff Picture
by Kristian Hernandez ‘18
The women’s volleyball team’s push for the playoffs intensifies with 11 matches left in the regular season. Chestnut Hill sits in the fourth and final spot in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division and must maintain their momentum if they want to reach the playoffs.
Leading into October, the Griffins capped off a 3–0 week with wins over Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington University and Concordia College. The team started off the conference schedule with a 2–3 record and now lead with a 5–3 record since the last three games. The team’s strong start has boosted the players’ confidence and focus, and Head Coach Kimberly Kolesnik is trying to make sure the team keeps up its momentum in its final games.
According to Kolesnik, senior middle hitter Emily Koehler is the team’s “strongest and most aggressive hitter” and has been an impressive force on the offensive end.
Senior captain and libero Regina Trabosh is the team’s defensive juggernaut this year and has lead the conference in the digs department. “She is the best defender in the CACC,” said Kolesnick.
Although the upperclassmen on the team have been integral to the team’s success, Kolesnik applauds sophomore setter Kennedy Sutton for her leadership on the court.
According to junior right side Samantha Gelfan, the Griffins’ versatility on the court is an advantage this season.
“One thing that we have this year is that multiple players on our team can play more than one position,” Gelfan said. “We are all open to moving and testing new rotations.” Kolesnik has begun to challenge her players to work on their serving and serve receiving.
Coming out of a tough year, the Griffins have been trying to take their current season one game at a time.
“We can’t control what goes on in our conference,” Gelfan said, “but we can focus on the small things to get wins that add up to the big goal which is the playoffs.”
However, Kolesnick has been keeping the CACC Championship in mind and emphasizes the fact that some games are more important than others. The team has to beat the other teams that make the playoffs in their divisions, which include Philadelphia University, Georgian Court University, Holy Family University and Wilmington University.
“To sum it up: we need to sweep or split,” Kolesnick said.
In November, the Griffins are scheduled to compete against two schools that have made the playoffs in their division. First, the Griffins face off against Wilmington University at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 during “Superhero Night” and then the team plays Philadelphia University at 5 p.m. Nov. 4.