Curtain call for spikers

For the first time in five years, the SPU women’s volleyball team made it to the postseason and captured the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) title.

The Falcons (16-2, 22-6) proved their dominance in the GNAC this year by beating every team at least once, if not more.

"Being able to participate in the postseason was definitely a goal that we had made at the beginning of the year," said senior Chelsey Myers.

However, due to an unfortunate placing in the postseason brackets, the Falcons ended up facing the No. 1 team in the region, Cal State Los Angeles (CSLA). The Falcons had already lost to them earlier this season three games to none, when they came to Seattle in September.

The first match was won by SPU by a score of 28-30 which set the stage for an amazing game two. The advantage of being up two games to none in a first-to-three competition is huge, and the Falcons wanted it badly. It was enough to force a game that is normally decided by whichever team is first to 30 points and ahead by at least two, up to 40 points. However, CSLA got there first.

"Both of our teams battled throughout the whole game, but L.A. just happened to gain the momentum at the end of the game and they carried it through the rest of the match," Myers said. "Anyone can play great when there is no pressure, but once you add pressure many teams tend to crumble."

After that decisive game, the Falcons could never fully recover, and fell in the next two games, ending their season.

All that aside, the Falcons gave an amazing showing of their depth and talent against the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Alyssa Given led the team with 16 kills, and punched in another six digs to finish her season. Myers had a great last game of her career, going out in style with 14 kills, four digs, and four blocks.

"Cal State L.A. is a good team, and it was very fun getting to compete against a team that pushed you up until the very end," Myers said.

Adding to the box score was sophomore Angie Wodrich with nine kills and 17 digs, and a match-leading six service aces and five blocks. Fellow sophomore Rachel Biornstad had a solid showing as well, with eight kills, six digs, and four blocks. And of course there is the Falcons’ primary setter, junior Jenna Von Moos who once again tallied big numbers in assists, 42 to be exact, along with three kills in the outing.

"Next year I really believe this team will be even better than before," Myers said. "There are ten incredible girls returning, and they all have great chemistry and awesome talent," she said.

The Falcons will return all but two of their players, which will be a big factor next year.

"I keep wishing I had one more year to play, because this team will be unstoppable next year," Myers said.

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Title: Curtain call for spikers | Author: Ryan Phillips | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2005-11-30 | Internal ID: 4745