Hannah Dawber/The Veritas NewsWomen's volleyball beat Wentworth 3-0 on Oct. 15.

Hannah Dawber/The Veritas News
Women’s volleyball beat Wentworth 3-0 on Oct. 15.

Women’s volleyball has lost two straight conference games from Oct. 23 to 29, but is still in playoff contention with two CCC games remaining.

The Lions lost to fourth place University of New England 3-0 on the road on Oct. 23. Cayla Clinkscale (Winchendon, Mass.) led ENC with a game-high 15 kills.

Senior Sam Losano (Elverta, Calif.), who had five digs, said the Lions had the ability to compete with UNE.

“If we would have been on our game, we could have come out on top,” she said. “We didn’t come out ready to play our game.”

Clinkscale also led the Lions in kills, with a game-high 10, on Oct. 29 at third place Endicott.

The Lions 13-15 (1-5) have three games remaining, with two of them being conference games.

Currently in seventh place, a playoff position, the Lions have games at Curry and at home against Gordon on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. Curry (0-7) and Gordon (1-6) are in the last two spots in the conference.

Volleyball players have recently attributed some of their success to new head coach Jim Rendle. Athletic Director Dr. Nancy Detwiler agrees.

“Coaching is teaching. He is a great teacher, and to be a coach, you must know how to teach,” Detwiler said. “He is great at what he does, that’s why I hired him.”

Detwiler said Rendle has the players “believing in themselves.”

The Lions travel to Curry at 6 p.m. tonight.