Blue Hose Volleyball Team’s Aspirations Come Up Short


Mitchell Mercer

Volleyball head coach Korrinn Burgess and assistant coach Justin Snyder with team members on the court.

Gwen Keiser, Guest Writer

The Presbyterian College volleyball team’s season came to an end in a heartbreak, losing a 3-1 match against Winthrop at the Big South Championship quarterfinals. The Blue Hose finished the year with a 12-15 overall record and a 7-9 conference record.

At the beginning of the season and entering the Bash in the Boro tournament, the team went 2-1 with back to back wins over Bethune-Cookman and Coppin State after getting shutout against Georgia Southern, 0-3. Notable non-conference wins over The Citadel and SC State got the team rolling into conference play.

PC began their Big South season on September 24 with a 3-1 win against Hampton. Unfortunately, PC was not able to pull another win for three straight games, the first in a pair of three game losing streaks throughout the season.

Even after the three losses, the team continued to work and refused to give in. PC then faced Charleston Southern and Radford at home and won 3-1 in both contests. After the two game winning streak, the team was not able to keep it going. 

A second three game losing streak followed and the team faced tough competition against North Carolina A&T, High Point, and USC Upstate. Afterwards, PC was able to get a win against UNC Asheville with a close score of 3-2. Previously facing Charleston Southern earlier at home, PC faced the Buccaneers once again on the road, but were not able to get another win and lost the match 0-3. 

PC was able to win against Radford, like they had earlier in the season. After losing to Gardner-Webb in the beginning of the season, PC was determined and pulled out a 3-0 win against the Bulldogs at home. The team then lost another contest to Winthrop at home and fell against Campbell as they had earlier in the season. After a long season, PC was able to finish it off with another close win against Hampton, 3-2. 

Throughout the tough season with various wins and losses, PC was able to secure their place in the Big South Tournament and traveled to Buies Creek, North Carolina, the site of Campbell University. The team earned the sixth seed and faced the third seed team in the Big South, the Winthrop Eagles. 

“One word to describe the season is ‘exciting’ because we are finally able to go back to normal play after COVID. A highlight of the season has been getting a bid to go to the conference tournament,” senior captain Erin Cooke stated.