What makes a champion?
After graduating three key players, the Women's Volleyball team was not expected to be as strong as it was last year, and yet the team has emerged as the college's "dark horse" - or perhaps, more appropriately, the "dark camel." Volleyball's impressive record (17 - 4, 7 - 2) has qualified the team for the NESCAC Championship for the fifth consecutive year, and the team has also won nine out of its past 10 matches.
What's the team's recipe for success? Co-captain Meg Christman '10 attributes part of the team's success to Coach Josh Edmed.
"I have never once come to a practice that lacked organization, a test of physical endurance or the reinforcement of the team's goals," Christman said.
Edmed, however, gives the credit to the players.
"The team is doing a great job of focusing on the process rather than the outcome this year, and athletically, the team has a very talented group of girls," Edmed said.
Rachel Schroff '13 is one of the team's notable setters, and was named the NESCAC volleyball player-of-the-week on Oct. 12. She also has the best hitting percentage in the conference. Amy Newman '12 is also a NESCAC standout - she leads the conference in kills.
The team's more seasoned players are making Connecticut College history, too. Co-captain Lauren Wise '10 is the second Camel to have more than 1,000 kills and digs. (In volleyball, a kill is a spike that is not returned by the opponent, and a dig is a hit that prevents the ball from hitting the court.)
Now, this group of talented athletes is focused on finishing the regular season strong, and is looking forward to the NESCAC Championship Weekend on Nov. 6 through Nov. 8.
"We train so hard all season to prepare for the championship weekend, and we would love to showcase how strong we are," Marissa DeMais '11 said.