For the second consecutive season, the volleyball team has finished the conference slate undefeated, as the Stags went 18-0 against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents this fall. On Sunday, Nov. 12, Fairfield swept the Canisius Golden Eagles to the tune of a 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 victory.
The win also allowed the red and white to celebrate their decorated senior class on Senior Day. Seniors Megan Theiller, Skyler Day and Sydney Buckley were honored with their families before the game as they helped the Stags win what would be their 49th straight victory against MAAC foes.
Each senior was crucial in Sunday’s triumph over the Golden Eagles on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Theiller led the way with 19 kills on the afternoon along with her 17 digs. Day finished second on the team in kills as she posted 14 kills in the regular season finale, finishing the season as the conference leader in kills. Buckley provided the spark for Theiller and Day’s big performances as she dished out 27 assists for the match.
Juniors Sydney Williams and Kaitlyn Fisher aided the offensive attack as each added six kills a piece for Fairfield. Sophomore Manuela Nicolini shared the duties with Buckley on the day and added 14 kills of her own, while Taylor Rudeen ‘19 finished close behind Theiller with 15 digs on the day.
Sitting at 23-6 as they prepare to host the MAAC tournament this weekend, the red and white looks primed to repeat as champions as they are playing their best volleyball at the right time. Even though the Stags are the top seed in the tournament and considered the favorite, nothing is guaranteed when the postseason rolls around, especially with the conference providing strong competition this year.
Fairfield begins its quest to a second straight National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the semi-final round as they await the winner of Friday night’s matchup between the Marist Red Foxes and the Rider Broncos.