Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-In-Chief
The women’s volleyball team ended its 2013 campaign at Johnson & Wales on November 5 with a 3-1 Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal loss to the Wildcats. The Lasers finished the season with an overall record of 17-16 (7-4 in the GNAC, 7-2 home, 6-8 away, and 4-6 at neutral sites), a big improvement from their 7-26 record last season. Their regular season campaign earned Lasell the #6 seed in the GNAC tournament.
Sophomore Jordan Seid said a mix of returning starters and additional coaching helped the Lasers improve their performance. Coach Christina Tom joined the staff to help the Lasers with their defensive play, as head coach Mary Tom and Dana Jones focused more on the offense.
Several players were recognized by the conference for their outstanding play during the season. Sophomore Sharisse Scott-Rawlins and freshman Abigail Rollins were each named to the All-GNAC Third Team by coaches in the conference. Scott-Rawlins lead the team with 264 kills, as Rollins finished with 260 kills this season. Sophomore Alyssa Nahigian was named to the GNAC Sportsmanship team; she led the team with 693 assists.
Sophomore Jordan Seid led Lasell with 464 digs and 50 service aces. Junior Kathy Cameron led with 50 solo blocks.
The Lasers opened up the season at the Cazenovia College Blue & Gold Classic in Cazenovia, NY, winning both matches. Standout wins included victories over Wentworth, UMass-Dartmouth, Suffolk, Mount Ida, and Saint Joseph’s of Maine.
Lasell will lose two seniors to graduation: Anna Feeter of Peterborough, NH and captain Marisa Visocchi of Whitman, MA. “They make such a huge impact,” said Seid. “They have such an amazing attitude towards everything. They’re the two you can count on.”