Volleyball Continues Downward Slump


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In their victory against Brandeis, sophomore Katie Goethe supported the team with 39 assists.

Rachel Ruecker, Sports Editor

The women’s volleyball team looked to restore stability to their season last night as they took on Stevens Institute of Technology at home at the Brooklyn Athletic Facility. They instead went quietly, going down in three straight sets, falling to 14-11 on the season.

The volleyball squad has been notably successful on the road, posting a 5-0 record when away from the comforts of home. They are below .500 when playing both home and in neutral territory, posting 3-4 and 6-7 records, respectively, and these home struggles were on display yesterday evening.

Last night, the women got the first point in their first set against the Ducks with sophomore Katie Goyette getting the successful block. It didn’t mean much down the stretch as they went on to drop the first set 25-22 — and it only got worse from there.

The second set started out similarly, with NYU keeping pace with the Ducks, even leading them 9-5 and 10-6 at one point, before getting left behind as they dropped the set 25-19.

The third set was by far the Ducks’ most dominant. They didn’t even have the courtesy to give NYU the first point. It was close until the 8-8 point, at which NYU’s spark of hope for a win Wednesday night was extinguished once and for all. The Ducks took the third set 25-16, improving to an extremely impressive 25-3.

Sophomore middle blocker Gretchen Cash acknowledged the Violets’ struggles, but is optimistic going forward.

“This game we worked on a new lineup for our upcoming matches in the UAA tournament,” Cash said. “We are working on putting a larger blocker outside, so we are running a 6-2 system, which is where the setter plays back row. Unfortunately, we could not pull through and ended up with a disappointing loss. Our next game will be this upcoming Friday against Montclair University where you can support us by watching our match live or online!”

The NYU women’s volleyball team has been on a downward slump despite starting hot and winning nine straight games, posting a stellar 13-3 record to start the season. Since then, however, they’ve lost their last eight of nine.

The Violets play again tomorrow, journeying to Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey in hopes of recapturing some of their fire from early in the season.

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