Volleyball bid farewell to their seniors this weekend with another dominating performance, this time over Mississippi University for Women. The Tigers stifled Mississippi, winning three comfortable sets as the seniors shone in their last game at Reid Arena. A short ceremony was held before the game to honor seniors Myca Steffey-Bean, Aria Dudley, and Sarah Lawton, all of whom had important roles in winning the match.
Anna Gurolnick ’20 spoke about the impact the seniors had on their final home game. “All three of our seniors played incredibly well in the match,” Gurolnick said. “Myca particularly played well and led the team in kills and had seven aces.”
Steffey-Bean finished with 13 kills in a commanding performance that night. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to perform at their best. “Although Aria is still recovering from an injury, she was able to serve some,” Gurolnick said. “She actually managed to get two aces, which was really fun to see.” Lawton additionally put up good numbers in the match, finishing with a team high of eight digs.
The Tigers then traveled to Denver to take on both Johnson & Wales University and The University of Dallas on Saturday. The Tigers wasted no time in sweeping both games, continuing their fine form from Friday’s match. Steffey-Bean played excellently again with a combined 17 kills over both games, while Laney Swan ’21 emerged as a top performer with 16 combined kills. “Our pin-hitters, our outside hitters, played really well on Saturday,” Gurolnick said. “Jordan Mullen, who was just cleared to play after an injury, has been making a great return, getting time in the front row and being really effective.”
The class of 2019 has overseen one of the best performing periods in program history over their four years. The rest of the team is clearly sad to say goodbye. “Our team is super, super close to our seniors and just overall they’re leaders on the court and just great role models for everyone off the court.” Gurolnick said. “It was very bittersweet as we had a great match and a good crowd, but it was sad to think about having our last home game together.”
The focus for the team now lies on extending their season for as long as possible, with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament coming up this weekend. Colorado College will share the regular season title with Trinity University but will go into the tournament with the No. 1 ranking after Trinity dropped sets against Centenary and Southwestern. “We are going to spend this week focusing on the things we were struggling with in our tougher games,” Gurolnick said. “We are trying to maintain an intense energy and stay together as a team.”
The Tigers are looking strong as they finish out the regular season with a 29-2 overall record and look poised to retain their conference tournament crown this coming weekend, starting Nov. 3 in Irving, Texas.