By Seán McGlone – Editor-in-Chief
During a game against Sage College on Setember 30, senior setter Taylor Tiezzi set a ball to junior outside hitter Olivia Addington. As Addington hit the ball down for a kill, the gym at Skidmore College went silent as the team realized – this was Tiezzi’s 2,500th career assist.
“We counted it down so I knew it was happening, but you never know when your hitter’s going to get the kill, so I was just smiling,” she said.
Tiezzi, who has played volleyball for over a decade, has been a starter on the team since her freshman year. As the setter, she describes herself as the “quarterback” of the team and says she loves to get everyone “hyped up” to play.
“I have a famous quote, everybody laughs at me, I say ‘let’s go’ and I hold it for a while. I get everyone hyped, I jump on people, and I hug people, so it’s something I just like to do. Without that excitement on the court there’s really no energy, there’s no momentum. Especially as a setter, that’s huge, you have to be the one who talks the whole time and if you’re a silent setter you’re just not going to get anywhere with your team,” said Tiezzi.
Tiezzi’s accomplishment will be immortalized with the addition of her name on a banner in the Athletic Center. She also holds the record for most assists in five sets with 56. On October 24, Tiezzi reached another milestone –1,000 career digs in a match against Bridgewater State University. Tiezzi will have her name added to that banner, as well.
Tiezzi says she is motivated by her team, and has seen her teammates reach milestones like this in the past. During her junior year, Tiezzi watched libero, Caitlyn Garcia, record her 1,000th career dig. “I was just as excited as she was, because you’re in it together, we helped her get those digs, she helped me get my assists, so it’s an accomplishment for not just ourselves, but for the whole team,” said Tiezzi.
In her final season, Tiezzi says she hopes to help her underclassmen teammates become more comfortable on the court. Having been there herself, she wants to help her teammates gain confidence. She looks forward to coming back after this season, and seeing her name on the wall in the Athletic Center.
“It’s a sweet feeling, it’s nice to have all of your hard work mean something, and to be able to come back to the Lasell gym and see my name on that banner,” she said.