The Light Blue volleyball team will host its home season opener this Friday as Binghamton, Boston College, and Fordham come participate in the Columbia Invitational. The Lions are still searching for their first win of the season after going 0-3 at the Wildcat Challenge the previous week against three first-time opponents.
The Lions hope that home court advantage will work in their favor, especially given the number of underclassmen on the team.
“I think that with a home tournament, everyone is a little more amped up, especially with a younger team,” senior captain Colleen Brennan said. “It’s exciting to play on the court you’ve been practicing on for the past two weeks, but more importantly, you have the bleachers out, you have people coming to the game.”
The older players will have a huge role to play on the court as the experienced leaders on the team.
Brennan said that her fellow upperclassmen “understand that one of the most important things about being an experienced player is being a vocal leader and cheering on your teammates no matter what.”
Senior Savannah Fletcher and junior Molly Winger will have to shoulder most of the load on the court as Brennan is still recovering from an injury.
“For this weekend, my goal is to be loud, talk to everyone from the bench, and go from there. I would say Molly and Sav, especially this past weekend, really stepped up. They made sure everyone was comfortable on the court, which is one of the most important things,” Brennan said. “I think it’s part of maturing through the program.”
The Lions play their first match Friday night at 7 p.m. against Fordham. On Saturday, the Lions play their remaining two matches: 12 p.m. against Fordham and 7 p.m. against Binghamton.