Tag Archives: Women’s Volleyball

Women’s Volleyball Team Stung by Rival in First Round

Abbi Leeper jumping to hit a volleyball
Abbi Leeper spiking a ball. Image from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wvball/2020-21/releases/20210428xoqctd

William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team enjoyed a successful season, finishing third in a competitive conference, but the team lost to archrival Randolph-Macon in the ODAC quarterfinals.

     Interim Head Coach Hannah Givens said “Being able to host the first round of the ODAC tournament was such a reward,” she began. “We worked hard this season and being able to host a conference tournament game proved it. This is the first time we hosted an ODAC first round match since 2016, so we are really proud of this accomplishment.” 

     Alexis Horner, a freshman middle blocker, said, “The loss to Randolph Macon does sting. However, I see every game as an opportunity to learn and implement what we practice every week. The losses are opportunities for the players on the team to figure out what they need to improve on. After the loss to Randolph-Macon, I feel more motivated than ever to work hard over summer break, so I can be ready to compete in the fall.”

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Setting up Kill Shots Against Randolph-Macon Is Not a Given

William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team has been enjoying a winning season thus far in the spring semester of 2021, but these hornets are looking to avenge previous losses to Randolph Macon. 

     Natalie Lavelle, a senior middle blocker, said, “While we consider all ODAC games during the regular season to be important, I consider Randolph-Macon to be the most significant game going into the ODAC tournament. They have always been a tough competitor. In the four years I have been in this program, we have never beaten Randolph-Macon. Beating this team would send a powerful statement throughout the ODAC. We will be letting people know that we are here to win.” 

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Women’s Volleyball to Ready for Marymount and Virginia Wesleyan

Natalie Lavelle. Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/bios/lavelle_natalie_z4go?view=bio.

William Masseli ~ Sports Columnist

     Interim Head Coach Hannah Givens and her women volleyball players have remained motivated and focused so they can serve up defeat in the season opener against Marymount University on Feb. 27, 2021. 

     Givens said, “So far we have not played any matches yet, but we are looking forward to our first match coming up on the 27th against Marymount. Practices have been great, and the girls are working hard. We have plenty of goals this season, and we are looking forward to competing for an ODAC.” 

     Natalie Lavelle, a senior on the team said, “Our season has not yet officially begun. However, the atmosphere in the gym during practice is filled with intensity and an intentional mindset. Our team’s expectations this year are to continue to better our play and achieve our goal of winning the ODAC.” 

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UofL Volleyball in Offseason


Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

After ending their season in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) quarterfinals tournament, with a defeat against Bridgewater College by a score of 1 to 3 on Oct. 31, 2018, the volleyball team has been working hard during their offseason to make a statement in the ODACs next year. Last season, the Lady Hornets team graduated two seniors, right side hitter, Hailey Bauer, and outside/right side hitter, Sydney Jamison.  

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Women’s Volleyball Ranked

Caitlin Dorsch, Copy Desk Chief~

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches released their annual preseason poll on August 15, 2018, with the University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball team obtaining a rank of fifth-place, just 39 points behind number one ranked Washington and Lee University.  They were one of only five teams in the conference to reach the 100-point milestone. Read more

Senior Night

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

Lynchburg College Women’s Volleyball team hosted cross-town rival Randolph College on Friday, Oct. 27, in Turner gymnasium. While this game was an important rival game and the last regular season game for the lady Hornets, it was also senior night. Read more