Canaan Hess | Veritas NewsCayla Clinkscale serves in an 0-3 loss to Salve Regina on Sept. 25.

Canaan Hess | Veritas News
Cayla Clinkscale serves in an 0-3 loss to Salve Regina on Sept. 25.

Women’s volleyball lost three straight matches, including their first conference match, last week after winning five straight matches from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21.

Salve Regina defeated Eastern Nazarene 3-0 on Sept. 25 at the Lahue PE Center in the Lions’ first conference match of the 2013 season. The Hawks are currently 15-1 this year.

Cayla Clinkscale (Winchendon, Mass.) registered a team-high 7 of the Lions’ 22 kills on the evening. Kortney Jenkins (Bunker Hill, W.Va.) led the Lions with 12 digs.

The Lions lost both nonconference matches 3-0 during a doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University on Sept. 28.

Hannah Welsh (Derry, N.H.) led the Lions’ attack on the day, achieving 15 kills. Lauryl Berger (Laurel, Del.) had a team-high 37 assists during the doubleheader.

Women’s volleyball is currently 7-10 (0-1). The Lions finished just shy of the postseason at 13-16 (2-6) in 2012.

Senior Leann Williams (Oxford, Pa.) is optimistic that the team will make the playoffs this year.

“We are going to make the CCC tournament this year, because we have the drive, the ability, and because we play as a family this season,” Williams said.

She said that first-year head coach Jim Rendle deserves credit for where the team is at this point of the season.

“Jim Rendle is an amazing coach, and he has been working hard with each of our strengths and abilities to shape our team into the best that we can be,” Williams said.

Williams said the Lions are going to surprise the conference as they enter into the conference-heavy portion of their schedule.

The Lions travel to Roger Williams, the winners of the past four Commonwealth Coast Conference volleyball championships, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Women’s volleyball has a nonconference home doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 5.