Fall Sports Preview: Volleyball
Joseph Griswald, Asst. Sports Editor
In almost any sport, players entering their second year have to try and avoid the Sophomore slump. The same goal applies for coaches, including Rhode Island College head volleyball Coach Sherri Heard; who is also leading the Anchorwomen for the second season in a row.
Coming off of a 15-12 season and a loss in the Little East Conference (LEC) semifinals. This team is looking to take that next step and make a run at the Little East Title. Which is a conference, that the Anchorwomen are projected to finish in the middle—an expectation the team hopes to exceed.
Despite the semifinal loss last season, Heard understands that there are aspects to build off of.
“One of the biggest things that worked for the girls is chemistry, we have a lot of returners so we don’t have to fill many gaps.”
Some of the returning students aiding in that jump will be Seniors Sadie Swap, Jessica Brielmaier and Jacqueline Jutras. They hope to lead this team and usher in new players, while also continuing to build on the chemistry from last year.
Coach Heard understands that the foundations built last year, can allow the team to be successful this season. The Anchorwomen have built a culture based on chemistry and communication based on playing with teammates like they are family. Which allows the girls to leave it all on the court and play for one another in every set.
“I think they are going to enjoy playing with each other…I think the hustle and the heart will be there so when we are in the fifth set of game five, they will have that extra push to get that win.”
The Anchorwomen will begin their season on Sept. 3 at Worcester State and will open their home schedule against Smith College on Sept. 10.