Katie Britton, a sophomore volleyball player at Valparaiso, is the Volleyball correspondent for the HLN Blog.
Time is flying by faster than I had ever expected, and the end of our volleyball season is rapidly approaching. October has come and gone, and the time for midterms, papers, and fall break has arrived. With only five more matches left in the regular season, we're traveling at full speed towards the Horizon League Championships. Our current overall record is 18-8, and we are looking forward to finishing up this year with another 20+ win season for our program.
I last left you before we took on two of the three Ohio teams in our league, which turned out to be a bittersweet weekend for us. Unfortunately we saw our eight match winning streak come to an end when we faced top-ranked Cleveland State, as our team fell 3-1. Both teams entered the match tied for first in the Horizon League standings, but the Vikings' victory put them ahead of us and into the top spot by their lonesome. However, we didn't let this loss affect our spirits and took down Wright State the very next day. The sets were close, but we won in a 3-0 sweep.
Last week we journeyed to Butler to take on the Bulldogs at their home court, but we were unable to find our rhythm and fell 3-1. Now we've put ourselves in a tough position to reclaim the number one spot, but we are staying positive and are still fighting for the chance to host the league tournament.
We return to our home court this weekend to take on the Chicago schools, UIC and Loyola, for a couple of very important league matches. We then take on Chicago State next week for our senior night, and are excited finish off the regular reason at home with a big win for the old ladies on our team.
I really need to thank all of our fans who have come out to support us at both our home and away matches. It means so much to us when we are able to see and hear a cheering crowd!