by Eileen Flynn ’20
The Providence College Women’s Volleyball Team hit the ground running this season and the whole campus is talking about their success. Head coach Margot Roya-Johnson must have run one tough pre-season because the Friars opened up with an impressive 10 game winning streak. Their first tournament took place on Chestnut Hill at Boston College in late August. They beat the University of Alabama, Boston College and Fairfield University.
The Friars traveled to Florida for their next tournament and returned back to Rhode Island with three more wins against East Carolina University, Bucknell University, and Stetson Univesity. On home turf the team’s record grew to 10-0 after playing the College of the Holy Cross, Rider University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. It wasn’t until Sept. 15 that the University of Akron handed the Friars their first loss of the season. No other fall sport’s team has racked up so many victories in the win column just in the first month of their season.
Star players on the team include Lindsey Schaible ’20, Addison Root ’20 and Allison Impellizeri ’19. Schaible was named to the Black Knights Invitational All-Tournament team after the face-off against the University of Akron, West Virginia University, and the United States Military Academy. Root displayed her talents against Brown, leading the team with 18 kills. Impellizeri has been named tournament MVP in both the Boston College and Hatter Classic tournaments. With these young players leading the Friars, the volleyball team has a promising future. Although there are many more games on the schedule for the Friars, their current record of 11-3 is a good predictor for a chance at a historic season.