In the world of college sports rebuilding is the hardest thing to do. The Oswego State volleyball team this is no exception. In a season where the Lakers had 11 underclassmen and only one senior, it would prove to be an uphill struggle all year long.
When the second place SUNY Cortland Red Dragons rolled into town, the struggling Lakers had lost their last five games and had 26 consecutive sets.
The Lakers would drop their sixth straight game and their 29 consecutive set, as the Red Dragons rolled through the Lakers in three sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-21). The Lakers fought hard throughout the match, but in the end passing troubles plagued them all night.
"Cortland was very dominant, but we just struggled passing the ball," coach Pat Hanlon said.
For the Lakers, Jess Isgro had seven kills and five digs and Elizabeth Crouch added 11 assists. Shauna Westrack and senior Alyssa Brock contributed with five digs each. The Red Dragons had 39 kills, while Oswego State could only manage 22.
For Alyssa Brock, it was her final game in a Lakers uniform.
"She was a captain and she held the team together," Hanlon said. [The void left by] her leadership will be hard to fill."
The Lakers finished the season at 7-23 overall and 0-8 in the conference. But the team returns 11 members for next season.
"We need to bring in some blockers and hitters," Hanlon said. "But our defense will be strong along with our passing. Overall our lineup will be really solid."