By Ryan Fitzgerald – Co-Editor-in-Chief
After bringing home the GNAC Championship for the first time in program history last April, the men’s volleyball team is looking to keep it a tradition and win again this year. They currently stand at 8-4 (4-0 in the GNAC).
“As a team, it’s simple,” said junior middle hitter Tristan Davis. “We won the GNAC last year so now anything less would be disappointing.”
According to Lasell Athletics, the Lasers had just two seniors on the team last year and welcome back most of their core group of players this season plus five freshmen. They are led by four seniors including captain setter Andrew Glenn and captain outside hitter Jeff Vautrin. Vautrin was quick to point out that being captains doesn’t mean they’re the only leaders on the team.
“We have a lot of experience back from last year and great team chemistry on and off the court,” said Glenn.
The team is fighting through different challenges to make this another successful season. “We brought in the freshmen really quick and everyone is adapting to the dynamic,” said Glenn.
“A lot of our players have made sacrifices with positioning,” said Davis. “It’s frustrating at first, but success will come along with practice.”
“We’ve been trying out different rotations and just need to keep up the repetition in practice,” Vautrin added.
“As a team we’d like to continue playing our style of volleyball and make some noise against the bigger, better recruited schools like Springfield or New Paltz,” said Davis. “I would hate to play us.”
As far as competition goes, Davis said, “It’s another wide open year in the GNAC, so anyone could come out on top. It’s more fun that way.”
The team was voted in a preseason poll by the GNAC office to finish first again.