Senior Jenna Shay is in her fourth year on the Salisbury University volleyball team. She graduated from Northern High School in Owings, Md., and is a native of Dunkirk. As an opposite hitter, she has been a mainstay on the Sea Gulls' front line throughout her career. This season, she will bring a behind-the-scenes look at Salisbury volleyball with blogs that take us into the lockerroom, the huddle and on the road with the team.
These past two weeks have been very exciting for our team. First on Saturday, Oct. 20 we traveled six hours through the mountains to Frostburg University to play both the Bobcats and Carnegie Mellon University. After two tough games against these great teams we ended the day 2-0.
Then, on Wednesday we played our last regular-season home game against Marymount University. Since it was our last in-conference game before starting the CAC tournament it was also our senior night and the game that decided which team would be seeded as number one. Before starting the game each of the five seniors were honored with flowers and a summary of their volleyball careers at Salisbury. I know I speak for all of the seniors when I say that this game was very special but also very emotional. It signified the end of our amazing four-year volleyball careers at Salisbury University. We have all grown so much, not only in our volleyball skills but also in our lives and have made so many life-long friendships with our teammates throughout the years. Being a part of the Salisbury University volleyball program has been such an incredible privilege for all of us and we can't believe that it is coming to a close, but hopefully we still have a few more weeks to enjoy it! At the end of the night Salisbury was named the number one seed in the CAC tournament after defeating Marymount, a very strong opponent, in three games.
Last weekend, we traveled to Christopher Newport for their Invitational. The tournament was filled with seven great teams. On Friday, we started with a game against SUNY Cortland, which was ranked 16, one higher than Salisbury. They were a great team but our defense picked up everything and we all played as one. We defeated the Red Dragons in three games. After this great victory we had to play another very strong team in No. 4 Christopher Newport University. We had played CNU once before this season and lost in three games. This weekend we played strong but fell to the Captains in four games. Although we were unable to pull out a win this time but we were able to show off some of our amazing soccer skills.
On the second day of the tournament we played Averett University and Virginia Wesleyan College. We won our first match against Averett in three games and came out of our match against Virginia Wesleyan with a win in four games. These wins were especially special to our team because they brought Coach Knight's 400th win. Coach Knight has been with this volleyball program for 16 years and has made it so successful and an amazing experience for every player that has had the privilege of calling her Coach. Congratulations!!
Because of Hurricane Sandy our CAC tournament schedule has been revised. Our first match in the tournament will be the semifinal game on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Maggs Gymnasium so come out and support us!