MALONE ATHLETICS FIGHT THROUGH FALL BREAK

By James Kontur

Over fall break, while many students got to go home and enjoy some time off, both the swim team and women’s volleyball team stayed to compete and improve their rankings in the conference. On October 17th the swim team had their first meet of the season against Mount Union. While the men’s squad lost, the women’s squad won 165-113. When interviewed Justyn Morgan, swim team senior and Exercise Science major, said that the team swam much better than they did last year at this time, but still have room to grow. “I want to see what we can do at full power. It seems like every year when we get deep into the season we always have someone who’s hurting, or not performing to their best. With how we look starting out, we could be dangerous.” said Morgan. The swim team did have some individual highlights with freshman, Danielle Ward, winning her first collegiate race in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:01.50, only seven hundredths of a second behind the school record. Swim team coach, Russ Hunt, seemed to be optimistic looking forward, saying, “It is an exciting time of year for this team. This is a group that has been in the water as a group since late August, and only now are they getting to reap the rewards of competition. They responded really well to racing, and in my tenure here, I cannot remember swimming this fast, this early.” Coach Hunt stated that although it may have been a slow start for the men’s squad, the women’s squad competed excellently, outperforming the competition. He said that it was good for them to see how their hard work has paid off and contributed to their swim times. The swim team’s next meet will be an invitational held at Canton McKinley on November 16th. The other team to compete for Malone over fall break was the Women’s Volleyball team. The team travelled to Indiana, where they played against Quincy, William Jewell and Wisconsin Parkside. After taking the first set against Quincy, leading through the entire match, Malone ended up losing the next three sets to Quincy. Each of these losses came about after Quincy put up several runs against Malone that the squad couldn’t seem to stop. Although faced with a loss several players had outstanding performances. Freshman Kayla Jarosz scored a team-high 13 kills, accompanied by junior Elizabeth Selleny who had a team-high 24 assists. When Malone faced William-Jewel later that day they suffered a similar outcome. After losing the first set they responded with a strong second set, scoring an 7-0 run to take the lead. However after that they lost the next two sets, struggling with returning serves, allowing a total of 13 aces on the night. Malone finished the weekend by playing Wisconsin Parkside on Saturday. The Women’s Volleyball team ended up losing all three sets, putting up a lead in the second and third but being unable to close it out. After the conclusion of 62 matches, at a tournament that included 41 teams, senior Sydney Black was selected for the All-Tournament team after having an average of 5.73 digs per set. Although they didn’t come out of the trip with any wins, many of their matches were hard fought and they competed until the end. “We are a really talented team that hasn’t reached our full potential yet.” said Cierra Gurney, volleyball player and freshman Nursing major. The Women’s Volleyball team will be playing again at Findley on November 8th

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