Youth is served on RIC women’s volleyball

By Meagan Ayers and Mike Christie

 

The Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team has recently been enjoying a stretch of success on the court. The Anchorwomen are currently tied for second in the Little East Conference with a 4-1 record and have won seven of their last ten matches. During that ten-match stretch, RIC had a streak of five consecutive wins and a RIC Invitational championship.

The Anchorwomen are currently 11-11 overall, which is a huge improvement from the season’s 0-4 beginning. This young team has shown its resiliency, pulling itself together, looking to continue their recent winning ways into the final month of play.

Led by second-year head coach Craig Letourneau, this young bunch is continuing to learn with every practice. “The team has become a much more hard-working group,” Letourneau commented. “They have become very absorbent to lessons.” Letourneau also believes that togetherness is also a reason for the recent success saying, “The team is really enjoying playing together which has contributed to their success.”

Coach Letourneau point to sophomore libero Sara Chamberland (Coventry, RI) as an important factor on defense. She leads the team with 202 digs and has become a solid back-row player. He also named sophomore right side hitter Stephanie Wojciechowski (North Kingstown, RI) as another important factor defensively who is not far behind Chamberland in digs with 170. Wojciechowski’s most indelible quality to the success of the team is her consistency, which is key for a young team. Letourneau says, “When dealing with such a young squad, consistency is one of the main keys to victory and that’s what Stephanie brings to the table.”

Wojciechowski is one of seven newcomers to this year’s squad. One of the new additions, freshman middle-hitter Erin Miga (Cranston, RI) leads the team in kills with 190. Miga attributes the team’s success to their “ability to communicate better combined with an increased desire to win.” A good number of those kills have come by way of assists from freshman setter Kara Sarcione (Londonderry, NH). Sarcione has a team-high 627 assists and believes that some of the team’s goals the rest of the season are “perseverance and quicker reaction times on the floor.”

While the team is composed of young talent, two players were mentioned as leaders on the floor. Senior captain Erica Poirier (Woonsocket, RI), as well as sophomore Kristy Nix (East Setauket, NY), are looked upon to take control by the rest of the team. Poirier is an outside hitter who currently is third on the team with 178 kills.  Nix, also an outside-hitter has 125 kills and believes that “the team looks to each other for support.” When asked about team goals for the rest of the season, Nix says, “Being the Little East Conference Champions would probably be the main one.”

With just a few weeks remaining in the Anchorwomen’s season, the team will focus on the upcoming weekend in which they will face two other LEC opponents in a Little East Round Robin hosted by Southern Maine. The LEC Tournament will then follow with the first round on Nov. 5. RIC looks to finish strong and head into postseason play with momentum, something that comes with consistency, something a young team needs.