It is not a coincidence that Skyler Day ‘18 has won two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships since coming to Fairfield after spending her freshman season at the University of Buffalo.
The outside hitter has quickly morphed into one of the most feared attackers in the nation since bringing her talents to Connecticut, posting a remarkable 492 kills en route to MAAC Player of the Year.
For Day, she knows that there is no way that she would be tabbed as the best player in the conference without the help of her talented and dedicated teammates that push her everyday in practice.
“I am honored to be recognized by the coaches in this league, but I should be thanking my team for this award,” said Day. “They bust their butts on the court and I would not have won Player of the Year if they were not doing their jobs as well.”
From 1-15, every Stag has done their job admirably thus far during the campaign. The Nutmeg State stars have offered Fairfield fans arguably the most exciting year of volleyball in program history, in large part due to the best one-two punch in the MAAC in Day and Megan Theiller ‘18.
Headed into National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament play, the pair piled up a combined 970 kills with Day topping the national leaderboard at t-24th and Theiller at t-33rd. Both being First Team All-MAAC selections, they know how to bring the best out in each other.
“Playing in the same position and being the same year, we really lean on one another,” said Day. “We always feed off of each other’s energy and always have each other’s back.”
A relentless offensive attack and a top notch defense has yielded 22 straight wins and counting. Day cannot help but smile at what her and teammates have accomplished up to this point in the season.
“I cannot put into words how special this group is,” said Day. “I can’t even describe how it feels to be able to go play in the NCAA Tournament with these girls.”
For the second year in a row, the Stags will begin tournament play against a big-time program with much tradition. Last year it was the Texas Longhorns and this year the enemy is the Michigan State Spartans. Despite being the underdog, the evidence shows that there is no hotter team in the country right now than Fairfield.
“Last year was more of an experience year to kind of get to know what it is like to play on that stage and get our feet wet,” said Day. “This year we are really looking to win.”
While Day leads the charge alongside an incredible group of teammates and an experienced coaching staff, anything is possible in December. The pieces are there and so is the motivation to keep their unbelievable streak going. Watch out for the Stags as they look to upset Goliath on Dec. 2 in East Lansing at 7:30 p.m.