The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Volleyball Patriots were back in action on their home court Thursday night as they took on their long time rival, the Georgetown College Tigers. The UC ladies made school history as they defeated the Tigers for the first time in 34 matches which spanned over 22 years. After five intense games filled with perseverance, intensity, and a lot of heart, the Patriots took the win with scores of 25-21, 13-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-9.
The Patriot seniors stepped into their leadership roles as Megan Schulte (Beavercreek, OH) led her team offensively with an impressive 15 kills on the night. Senior Kelsey Eastham (Ostrander, OH) followed behind Schulte with 10 kills herself. Sophomore Samantha Stuckwisch (Seymour, IN) was clutch throughout the five-game match, adding a total of 43 assists for the Patriot ladies. The offense wasn't the whole story though as Patriot libero Sydney Beck (Lebanon, OH) racked up a total of 16 defensive digs and Stuckwisch added 12 defensive digs of her own.
When asked about the win, seniors Megan Schulte, Abby Dundon and Kelsey Eastham agreed saying, "This was a huge milestone for our program. We played with so much energy and never gave up no matter the score. We are so proud of this team."
Coach Kathryn Hart added, "The resilience of this team is very impressive. They kept their composure through the match, especially after dropping games 2 and 4. This is a big win for our girls and I think it really shows how much potential we have."
The Volleyball Patriots will be back on the road Saturday October 19th to take on Dalton State College. The Cumberland ladies hope to bring their newfound enthusiasm and excitement into the match-up against the Roadrunners. First serve is scheduled for 2pm.
For more information on the Patriot Volleyball program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article by Brandy Austin, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant