By Brandon DeJesus, Sports Writer
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The Bluejays had already qualified for the CCIW tournament prior to their final match of the season against 11th ranked Illinois Wesleyan, yet that did not stop the program from honoring their seniors.
Senior night took place at Faganel Hall on Oct. 31 and despite a fierce rally from the Bluejays in set five, they ultimately fell short to 11th ranked Illinois Wesleyan.
“They are great kids,” said head coach Julie Hall about the six seniors who were honored before the match. “They really care about people. They are so giving, loving, nurturing and embracing with the freshman and everybody around. They love each other, they love the team, it is a really great group of young women.”
Before this match took place, the Bluejays had already qualified for the CCIW tournament as the fourth seed. Hall was asked about what she learned about her team heading into the postseason.
“We have a shot,” said Hall. “I think we have struggled so much this year trying to find our rhythm, trying to find each other and they are such a close team but they had to be more competitive and the last couple weeks, they have been a really competitive team and I was really proud of them.”
Senior middle hitter Hannah Davis finished the match with 13 kills, giving her 275 for the season which ranks first on the team. After the match she was asked about how playing on senior night was different than any other match she has played during her collegiate career.
“I think just knowing that it was the last time that I was going to be in this gym playing an actual match is what made it different,” said Davis.
Senior outside hitter Alli Rogers finished the match with nine kills giving her 274 for the season, one behind Davis. She was asked about how she likes the team’s chances in the CCIW tournament.
“Right now I think we are playing the best defense as a team that we have so we are going to take the steps we are at right now and hope it kicks us into high gear for the CCIW tournament,” said Rogers.
The team played in a semi-final match against tournament host Millikin University on Nov. 3, losing in four sets.