By James Macey – 1851 Staff
Women’s volleyball hosted Regis College for the first GNAC playoff match hosted by Lasell since 2007 on October 31. The Lasers were seeded fourth in the GNAC tournament.
Lasell swept Regis by winning three sets to none, improving their record to 12-16 and ending a 10-year playoff win drought as the Lasers advanced to the GNAC semifinals.
During the match, junior captain Olivia Addington became the third woman in Lasell’s history to reach 1,000 kills. She sits behind Danielle Drapeau and all-time kill leader, Angele Lavoie Piotrowski, who leads the program with 1,392 kills. “It’s an honor to be up on that banner with those other women,” Addington said. The Orange, California native didn’t hesitate to give credit to her teammates for her recent milestone achievement. “I was terrified at first because my teammates were screaming at me,” said Addington. “When I finally figured it out I was excited.”
The history continued as the Lasers traveled to Rhode Island to face powerhouse Johnson and Wales University (JWU) in the semifinals on November 2. JWU headed into the matchup at an impressive 30-0 record and was ranked number 10 in the nation. “It was a tough game,” senior captain Caitlyn Garcia said after the 3-0 loss. “We were well prepared heading in.”
“We went in with goals and we met them. This team is my family,” Garcia said. She ended her senior season on a career high 655 digs for the 2017 season, bringing her career total up to 2,122.
The Lasers have a lot to be proud of as three players received All-Conference honors. Addington earned a First Team selection, coming off of a career best season finishing with 440 kills, and 317 digs. Garcia earned Second Team honors, while becoming the second woman to reach 2,000 digs, and senior Taylor Tiezzi acquired Third Team honors. Both Tiezzi and Garcia were receiving the milestone for the first time in their careers.
Overall, the team had a historic season, but still look to improve as they move forward next year.