In recent years, Manhattanville’s volleyball program has seen a wide variety of talent that has given them the ability to succeed. Breaking records and winning games has been the Valiants’ way when it comes to volleyball, but it hasn’t been enough to accomplish their main goal of winning a conference championship. The volleyball team has never won a conference championship before, but in the past few years, the team began to reach for that dream.
Inching closer to their goal, the Valiants made the conference playoffs in the 2016 season. Despite the team falling short, they are convinced that this could be the turning point for the program. The team looks to find more success this season, as they are con dent that they have the right pieces in place to finally accomplish their goal.
A main component of their winning formula has been senior Kerry Mackey. On Oct. 11, Kerry Mackey broke the all-time record for kills with 909, passing her old team- mate Alyssa Primavera who graduated in 2016. Along with the all-time leading kills record at Manhattanville, Mackey also ranks second all-time in hitting percentage (.306) and eighth in blocks (177) as well.
This young team that consists of seven freshmen and two sophomores really admires a player like Mackey on the floor. Mackey provides an incredible skill set while at the same time, she gives her teammates the edge and motivation they need to win games. Thus far, Mackey has shown that she can provide the group with a lot more confidence as they continue to win games on the road, as well as at Kennedy Gym.
As the Manhattanville community continues to watch the Valiants play, it is evident that the underclassmen are a lot less timid when they take the court. The team seems extremely con dent so far this year, as the team holds a record of 12-7. For Mackey and the rest of the seniors, this is their last ride.
They have worked for this moment their entire careers and they look to finish strongly by continuing to practice what they have preached since day one of preseason. Winning the conference title is the goal, and anything short of that will be disappointing. As the team continues to scrap away wins (only three regular season games remain) they look to end their season by leaving behind more than just a legacy.