ELLIE DARBYSHIRE ’17
My first year as a Generals volleyball player and I’m already an ODAC champion! I still can’t stop smiling! If I’m being honest, there was no doubt in my mind that we would win. I have never been on a team that is so hard working and determined to accomplish our goals. However, my most cherished memories of that day will not be the game-winning point or the numerous photos, but the moment when all 16 of us walked out on the court to accept the trophy. Every single member of our program contributed to our win last night. We did it together, and that’s what matters the most. But even though we won the ODAC, we’re still not done. This week we’ll still be in the gym and on the court practicing even harder. We have six more games before we accomplish our next goal. NCAAs here we come!
MADDIE KOSAR ’16
Within the first two weeks of this season, we had a team goal setting session. Some of our individual goals included grades, weight lifting maxes, and statistical objectives. When we began setting team goals, we immediately rattled off the first two: win another ODAC championship, and win a national championship. Now we have one down, and one to go. Winning the ODAC tournament is only one step in our journey to our final destination. After months of dedication and hard work, we have been able to achieve one of highest goals, but just winning our conference championship is not quite enough. We have worked for this moment in our season for months, and as we see the results of our hard work paying off, it only motivates us to work harder and come together to reach our target.
The ODAC tournament is a very fun and competitive part of our season; we start off the week by celebrating a job well done in our regular season by roasting hot dogs at Coach Snyder’s house, and then we get a second chance to play our conference rivals. Conference games are always exciting because both teams know so much about each other from previous matches. Hosting the ODAC tournament was a great first experience for all of the sophomores and freshmen due to the support of our fellow Generals. We loved the big crowds that came for our matches on Saturday; they really helped to get us even more excited and bring a lot of energy. Looking forward, we cannot wait to go to Emory and give it our all. We have high hopes for the weekend!
SAM MOENCH ’17
This past weekend I experienced my first ODAC tournament. Winning our conference was by far one of my favorite moments of the season. Having won a championship before I can honestly say there is no better feeling than hearing the referee blow the gaming ending whistle and knowing you did it, you are the best team in the conference. Then storming the court to congratulate the other team on a well fought match and celebrate with your teammates. There’s nothing that compares!! I am so proud to not only call myself a Generals volleyball player, but also an ODAC champion.