By Karen Flores, Asst. Features Editor
After a frustrating start to the season, the women’s volleyball team got their first win on Sept. 24 against Saint Peter’s with a score of 3-2. The team is currently working through an eight game losing streak since their first win on Sept. 24.
Mauro Miletic, head coach of the women’s volleyball team, wrote via email that getting the first win of the season was great and came at a good time.
“Winning the home opener in Draddy Gymnasium in front of our fans was great. After the many obstacles we faced at the beginning of this season, a win was needed and this one came just in time,” Miletic wrote.
Sara Atai, assistant coach of the team, also agreed that the win has been a good morale booster for the members.
“This win was the morale booster our team needed. Despite the odds, our team has managed to stay positive and continue working hard at every single practice and game,” she wrote.
Miletic also wrote that he was very happy with the effort the team had put into the game, giving Julia Menocal, a graduate student studying civil engineering, an honorable mention due to her high performance in the game.
“Though we wish it had been a cleaner win in 3 sets, I’m very happy with how hard the girls pushed themselves to close out the match. Julia Menocal alone scored 37 points, a career-high and something not many players can say they’ve accomplished in one match, so as a coach I’m very proud of that achievement,” Miletic wrote.
Following this long anticipated win, the team has been on a eight-game losing streak after their loss to Rider University on Sept. 25 with a score of 1-3. Manhattan got an early lead against Rider, but they managed to tie with a score of 10-10. Menocal then executed a 5-point kill which allowed Manhattan to keep the lead and win the first set.
Manhattan almost tied the second set, but Rider gained advantage due to their early lead and won the second, third and fourth rounds simultaneously.
The Jaspers have struggled to regain their footing as they went on to lose 0-3 consecutively in eight matches that included Quinnipiac, Fairfield and Canisius.
On Wed. Oct. 12, the Jaspers came face to face with Rider University again. Camila Gomez, a graduate student in the O’Malley School of Business, led the Jaspers with 14 kills and 15 digs. This is the second game in which she executed 14 kills and this is also the fourth time she has recorded at least 10 digs.
Despite her efforts and that of her teammates, they suffered another loss with the team falling to Rider University once again in a grueling match that ended with a score of 0-3.
The women’s volleyball team is scheduled to play against Iona University on Sat. Oct. 15 and will face Saint Peter’s University once again on Wed. Oct. 19.