They’re Back and Ready to Win Lynn Women’s Volleyball and Soccer Teams are Competing Again.
By Taryn Super
After a year of being unable to compete, Lynn women’s volleyball and soccer teams are thrilled to be able compete this year with their fans in attendance cheering them on.
After the pandemic prevented them from completion all last year, the teams are hyped and prepared to return stronger than ever. For the women’s volleyball team, the opportunity to compete against other teams this season is a blessing they’ll take advantage of to improve as individual players and as a team. Determined to play against the best, the team recently traveled to Colorado to compete in the Colorado Premier Challenge, where they were able to put their hard work and talent on display.
“It was great being able to play against the other team at the [Colorado Premier Challenge] tournament since last year we were just able to scrimmage against our own players,” said Sonja Udovcic, women’s volleyball player.
While traveling to competitive meets is always fun, the team is especially excited to resume regularly competing on their home court in front of supportive fans.
“It feels amazing to be competing again and I can’t wait to play in front of our school,” said Udovcic, hours before the first home game of the year.
While the team lost their first home game, this season has already been a memorable one for Udovcic and her fellow teammate, Lauren Odom, since both players have broken school records. Odom now holds the school record for the player with the most blocks in a career, most block assists in a career and the most blocks within a single match according to Lynn’s Fighting Knights website. Udovcic now holds the school record for the player with the most kills (point by hitting the ball) in a career according to Lynn’s Fighting Knights website. With more games left in the season, both women are driven to further expand their records.
“Breaking records is always amazing since it’s always someone’s goal to break their school’s records,” said Udovcic. “It was an honor to break the school’s record and I hope to expand on my record.”
For women’s soccer, the team is enthusiastic about competing again after waiting so long to show off their strong teamwork. During the team’s first home game of the season, Anniina Sankoh scored a hat trick (three goals in one game) with the help of her team, leading to a Lynn victory.
“It felt really good to do the hat trick on my home field after the COVID break prevented us from playing last year, but that win on our first home game back was a team effort,” said Sankoh.
Along with the players, Lynn students are glad to see the return of women’s volleyball and soccer games since students enjoy cheering the players and the fun atmosphere of the games.
“School spirit is important,” said Andrew Nagle, a junior who attended the first home volleyball game of the year. “It’s important for students to get out and go to the games to encourage our fellow students and fellow athletes because they could use our support and because the games are fun.”