V-ball knocks off Bates

By Daphne Assimakopoulos ’17

This past weekend, the Hamilton volleyball team fought out their final two matches of the season. The team put up tremendous efforts against Bates and Bowdoin amid the cheers of fans and family members in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

On Friday night, the Continentals faced Bates and earned their first NESCAC win of the season, taking the match three sets to one. Hamilton dropped the first set and Bates took the win 25-19.

Nevertheless the relentless Hamilton team turned up their energy in the second set, taking a 10-2 lead right out of the gate and ultimately winning the set 25-16.

The third set gave Hamilton the opportunity to jump out in front of Bates, and the Continentals took advantage of their chance. Hamilton made a huge comeback while in a 13-5 hole, and went back and forth for the remainder of the set. In the end, Hamilton was able to pull out the 26-24 win.

With their first NESCAC win in sight, Hamilton fought hard in their final set and beat Bates by a whopping 10 points, 25-15. Jessica Weston ’17 led the team with 12 kills in the match, and Ivanka Temnycky ’17 was right behind her with 11. Anna Brown ’15 recorded 25 digs, and Sarah Pfund ’14 made 38 assists.

The win was even sweeter due to the nature of Friday’s game. The Continentals honored their two seniors, setter Sarah Pfund  and outside hitter Brenna Corrigan. Both are captains with three varsity letters,who have played a huge part in the Hamilton volleyball tradition.

Corrigan has recorded 544 career kills, 66 career aces and 686 career digs. Last season at the Kean Cougar Classic Tournaments, she was named the MVP and was appointed to the all-tournament team at the University of Rochester Invitational.

Pfund has recorded a mammoth 887 career assists and 500 career digs. She was named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic team and All-Sportsmanship team in both 2012 and 2011.

“Hamilton volleyball has been a huge part of my experience here on the Hill,” Pfund said. “I’ve met some of the best people there are at Hamilton on this team, and it’s given me the chance to be involved in a pretty major way. I wish it wasn’t over, and I’m definitely going to miss it.”

On Saturday Hamilton took on second place Bowdoin, but was ultimately unable to pull off the upset. The Continentals finish their season with an overall record of 5-17, and a NESCAC record of 1-9.

“This season in particular was pretty special. We certainly didn’t have the best record, but I had more fun this season than any other” commented Pfund.  “The program has grown so tremendously since my freshman year. A lot of that has to do with the team dynamic, but it’s also a result of the work my coach has put into bettering this team. I really appreciate everything everyone has done for Hamilton volleyball, and I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Once again, a team’s record does not necessarily reflect success. The Hamilton volleyball team has made a move in the right direction with this season. Newcomers have contributed to the program and the team has played many close matches.

Looking back on this season, it is certain that the seniors can be proud of both their accomplishments and the team’s efforts as a whole.


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