College of St. Joseph volleyball opened their season against Johnson State and Paul Smith's College on Saturday, Sept. 3. It was a challenging way to start their 2016 campaign, going against Yankee Small College Conference powerhouse Paul Smith's and NCAA Division III North Atlantic Conference member Johnson State in back-to-back matches.
The Lady Saints found out that the Paul Smith's Bobcats were a dominant team early on in the first set of their match. Paul Smith's players were flying around the court and had perfect spacing throughout the match. They were always on the same page and it was apparent that they had experience playing together.
CSJ hustled hard and played with energy, but they were unable to keep up with Paul Smith's, as they were playing on the defensive, just trying to survive. They eventually went down in straight sets.
Almost immediately following their first match against Paul Smith's, CSJ was back on the floor to take on the Johnson State Badgers. The Lady Saints were again defeated in three straight sets, but they put much more pressure on their opponent in the second match of the day.
CSJ junior Jenna Crowley led the team with seven kills and eight points scored. She was focused on the task at hand and was able to rally the team in the first and second sets, helping make them both close. CSJ scored 18 and 21 points in the first and second sets, respectively. In the third set, CSJ ran out of steam and lost handily 7-25.
The Lady Saints play three matches Sept. 10-11 at Unity College. They play Unity at 12:30 p.m. and Maine Machias at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and close the weekend on Sunday against Great Bay CC at 12 p.m.