The No.18-ranked CC Women’s Volleyball made its 15th consecutive postseason appearance, but fell in its final match of the season against the No.12-ranked Loggers of the University of Puget Sound.
“It was a season of ups and downs and I’m just really glad that we ended the season at home on a high note,” senior Laura Goldsmith said. “Losing in the NCAA’s is never a fun thing, but I’m glad that we at least won conference at home first.”
Head Coach Rick Swan was disappointed in the loss as well, but he was proud of how far the team came this season.
“They grew and matured as a team and overcame all the adversity they faced and played some of their best volleyball down the stretch,” Swan said. “Not only did they play hard in matches but this group played hard every day in practice and battled with each other in every drill and that was fun to watch.”
He said it was especially exciting for the players to make it that far, though, especially for the freshmen. These underclassmen are hopeful for next year.
“It was really exciting and I am so glad I got to experience it with the great group of girls we had on our team this year,” said freshman Emily Phillips. “It makes me excited and hopeful that we can go back next year.”
For Goldsmith, it hasn’t really sunk in that she has finished her volleyball career at CC.
“My body need the rest, but I’m not sure I’m ready to stop playing,” Goldsmith said. “My plans for right now are to get all my lab classes taken care of that I couldn’t take during season. As for the team, they are going to have a great spring and fall seasons and season next fall because so many experienced players will be returning.”
Phillips will be one of those players.
“It’s sad to know the season has come to an end, and I am really going to miss the seniors next year,” she said. “They were amazing teammates and really made this season one to remember. It will be different, but I am excited to see what next year brings!”