The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 53
Falcons end stretch of 12 road games
Published: October 3 2012
After traveling 7,600 miles to four states and playing in two countries, the Seattle Pacific volleyball team returned home to the Royal Brougham Pavilion on Sept. 27. Nearly a month earlier, on Aug. 28, a six-hour flight to Hawaii marked the start of their 2012 season. Since then, they have compiled an overall record of 5-9, including a 2-3 mark in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference .
The brutally long road streak to begin the season created some obstacles, especially trying to keep the entire team healthy. Despite this, the girls have made major progress together as team and individually.
“There was some good things and there were some bad things, still working out some kinks but we played well overall as a team,” sophomore outside hitter Jessica Miller said.
This season holds an exciting opportunity for fresh faces to gain experience as the team transitions into a new period, without their four key seniors from the 2011 season. With 11 returners and five freshmen, the team is working together to build on court chemistry.
This past week the girls had two games at home—Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene.
“We’re really excited to be playing at home,” sophomore middle hitter Madi Cavell said. “It’s sort of a completely different dynamic when you’re playing in your own gym.”
For many of the girls, it was their first experience, one that they longed for after playing their first 12 games on the road. The home opener against Central Washington proved to be a tough match. The Wildcats topped the Falcons 3-2.
On Saturday, the Falcons took on Northwest Nazarene . In an extremely close match, the result was a 3-2 win for SPU. After Thursday’s close loss, the first home-opening win was special.
“It felt so good to finally play well as a team together and pull out the win,” Swanson said. “On Thursday, we dropped that last set because we made a few critical errors, but our hitting percentage (against NNU) was in the .300’s, and we only made two hitting errors – it was just a clutch performance in the fifth game.”
With a satisfying win under their belts, the Falcons return to the road and face Western Oregon University on Oct. 4.
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