PAUL SMITHS - Word of Life downed a depleted Paul Smith's College women's volleyball team in three straight games Wednesday.
The Huskies won 25-17, 25-18 and 25-14 and were in control throughout the match.
A big reason for the Paul Smith's College volleyball team's struggles was that they have lost a number of key players to injuries this season.
Paul Smith’s College’s Rebekah Psiaki leaps to hit the ball Wednesday night against Word of Life.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
"We're playing with two players who have never played volleyball before. Taking into consideration we've lost a lot of our really strong, valuable players that have played volleyball for many years, I think the girls played really well," Bobcats coach Christina Carpenter said. "We've always had different things come up in our season and had to work through it, change the lineup and move things around. The girls just keep playing hard and they've done a great job against really competitive Division III schools."
The Bobcats were led by Shelby Miller, who had six points in the first game, four in the second and two in the final one.
Junior captain Laine Sullivan also stepped up for the Bobcats, tallying nine total points.
"She's an all-around great player," Carpenter said. "She's really supportive of the team."
Huskies head coach Tom Goodrow credited his team's experience for their strong play. He said the squad has "gelled together" this season.
Outside hitter Danielle Reynolds totaled nine points in the first two games to give Word of Life a boost early in the contest.
The Bobcats fell to 4-13 with the loss while the Huskies improved to 5-7.
Paul Smith's College returns to action Saturday when the Bobcats travel to New Hampshire to take on Nashua Community College.