Senior Tri-Captains Reflect on Four Years
of RIC Volleyball
Leslie Crofton, Sports Information Intern
As the Rhode Island College womens volleyball
teams 2001 season was coming to a close, the squads
tri-captains, a trio of seniors who had played together for all
four years of their collegiate volleyball careers, were asked
to reflect on their experiences playing together at RIC and how
they felt as this chapter of their lives neared its end.
Kim Lebrun, a setter from Woonsocket, RI, Brandee Trainer,
a middle hitter from North Kingstown, RI, and Erica Waltonen,
a middle hitter from West Greenwich, RI all agree that they are
going to miss being athletes at RIC, something that they believe
shaped their respective college experiences.
What comes across
most poignantly is how deeply these three feel about one another
and about the rest of their teammates. As the end of their time
on the court was drawing dangerously close, career statistics,
win-loss records and getting their names forever imprinted in
the annals of RIC volleyball (all three women are among the best
players in RIC volleyball history) seemed to be the furthest
things from their minds.
What was at the forefront were the lasting relationships
that they had formed along the way.
think I could ever think of three other people that I would have
rather played with, said Lebrun of her co-captains and
Kristina Ferreira, a defender from Bristol, RI, the other senior
on the squad. Trainer agreed, praising her fellow captains and
saying of Ferreira, it feels like Kristinas been
with us all four years even though she only played three seasons.
Shes helped us out a lot as our most consistent defensive
player. The four of us have really kept each other
going, said Trainer. We were able to find our own
motivation, added Waltonen.
While all of these
women plan to keep playing the sport of volleyball after college
in leagues and beach tournaments, they acknowledge that the sense
of being a member of such a close-knit team will be difficult
if not impossible to find in life after RIC athletics. What
Im going to miss the most is seeing each other [Waltonens
fellow seniors] everyday and seeing the rest of our teammates
everyday. Well always remember these days,
said Trainer with a bit of nostalgia, well never
face this type of competition again and well never face
it together again.
I feel very
proud of everyone on my team, said Lebrun. My dad
said to me the other day that someday Ill look back and
realize that we [Lebrun, Trainer, Waltonen] have accomplished
what only a very small percent of the population ever does: playing
varsity collegiate athletics for four straight years. He was
right in saying that thatll make everything weve
endured worth it
from the late nights and lack of sleep
to the cramped van rides, Lebrun mused with a smile.
was conducted the evening before the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen
Volleyball Team began their post-season competition in the 2001
Little East Conference Tournament, kicked off with a match against
LEC rival UMASS-Dartmouth on the road on Oct. 31, 2001.