Women’s Volleyball Looks to Build off Last Season’s Success

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team looks forward to working together for the purpose of claiming their first ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) championship.
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 on Aug. 22, 2021.

University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball  coach Hannah Givens hopes to build off last season’s success as she begins her first year as head coach. 

Givens said, “Coming into the second season as head coach feels great! I was promoted to interim in the spring of 2020 and hired as head coach this past spring. I am excited to continue to coach these girls.”

She  continued, “Last year, we tied for the most conference wins in program history. It was a great accomplishment after a year of COVID and a nontraditional spring season. We have around 13 returners, and we are excited to have their leadership and experience. This upcoming season, an audience on the new bleachers that we now have in the gym will be very refreshing.” 

Taylor Breeden, a sophomore setter, learned how important team chemistry was. Breeden stated, “When we were playing more as individuals rather than a whole team, we didn’t play as well. As sophomores, we hope to continue to build that team chemistry not just with this year’s team, but to continue building this culture for many years to come.” 

Breeden continued by talking about the exciting parts and the disappointing part of the season, stating, “Definitely our win against Randolph Macon was exciting. It was so exciting being a part of that historical win due to the fact that Lynchburg hasn’t beat them in many years. The feeling after winning that last point was unrivaled. Meanwhile, our last game against Randolph Macon was disappointing, especially when we consider the fact that we beat them in 4 sets towards the beginning of the season. I think we went into that game not taking them as seriously as we should, because we already beat them. Hence, we expected that it would be easy to do it again. This year I want to make sure that we approach every team we play this year like they are the best team in the conference, and to not look down on any team because every game counts. This idea is going to help get us towards our goal of winning an ODAC championship.”

Alexis Horner, a sophomore middle blocker, said, “Leading by example by trying to better my own play and build up my teammates is something I aim to do when I walk into the gym every practice. Leadership requires a lot of trust so over the summer our team sent each other “sweat pictures” after our workouts to hold each other accountable and build up consistent communication to carry into the season.”  

Horner concluded, “I learned that my teammates and I have set a high standard that should be met or exceeded in every practice. In order to get an ODAC championship win this year, complacency is not an option, and every practice will matter.” 

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