The Geneseo volleyball team has been successful by any standard this season. Still, there is work to be done. “We’ve been doing a lot of fine-tuning in regards to specific skills and specific things we need to execute a lot better,” head coach Jennifer Salmon said. “We’ve had the time to work on those.”
In SUNYAC pool play on Oct. 2, the women’s volleyball team will be playing two top teams: SUNY Fredonia and SUNY New Paltz. Still, the team’s confidence is as strong as ever.
“I feel like we can be 5-2 going into Saturday [after we play SUNY Oswego on Friday Oct 24],” Salmon said.
Accompanied by its “Ohana” motto, the team’s confidence is critical in determining its success. With only two new team members, the Knights were able to develop an intense chemistry with one another on and off the court.
Although they are going up against the top two teams in the conference, the team remains unfazed. Salmon is ready to to see how the girls match up.
“I’m excited about the Fredonia and New Paltz matches because they’re both really good competition,” she said. “I feel like we can compete and win one at least, if not two.”
Compared to last season, the Knights are a completely different team. At this point last year, Geneseo was already out of contention for a SUNYAC title.
“Going into the last weekend of Oct. 25 in 2013 we were 1-5,” Salmon said. “Now, we’re 4-2.”
Rather than letting nerves descend on the team, members have been buzzing with excitement. The Knights will face off with St. John Fisher College and Hiram College––a top team in the Ohio region––on Nov. 1.
All in all, the team is proving to be a force to be reckoned with as they continue to blaze a trail to redemption from two subpar seasons.
“The girls have continued to stay motivated and have been working really hard,” Salmon said.