WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Jefferson Community College women's volleyball team won its final home match of the regular season this week by beating Cayuga 3 sets to 0.
It was another victory for a Lady Cannoneers team that has enjoyed a great deal of success so far in 2019.
Coach Sara Kolenda's team is 18-4 on the season and currently ranked 5th in the latest NJCAA Division 3 national rankings.
Kolenda says the mix of veterans and incoming freshman has gelled and made this a special group both on and off the court.
"It's a great group of sophomores and the freshman are wonderful and they've just worked so hard between the end of last season and the beginning of this season," she said, "and they put in a lot of time in open gyms and they just really have one goal in mind, so it's a great group of girls that are jut willing to put in the work."
The Lady Cannoneers are 4-1 in Midstate conference play and have won 4 in a row.
JCC has already strung together 8- and 6-game win streaks this year and posted a 6-1 home record.
What do the players feel the secret to their success has been?
"Well, going to regionals last year, we've always wanted to strive to get back to that spot this year," Grace Gehrke said, "so the new freshmen coming in, they're really helping us to get back to regionals and we've been working really hard to accomplish that goal."
“Well what makes the team so special this year is we are pretty much a family,” Alyssa Evans said. “We’ve done everything together since last May, I believe, starting with our open gyms and ever since we’ve been inseparable.”
"I think it's really our bond that we have," Maggie Vazquez said. "We're all pretty experienced with each other throughout, like, club, just seeing each other in high school that gives us that special connection so we can link during the game."
The Lady Cannoneers came up short of making it to the nationals last year, losing to Jamestown in the regionals, but are hoping for a much different outcome this season.