Women's volleyball season comes to a close in NCAA Quarterfinals

  WJU News
  Monday, December 3, 2018 1:50 PM
  Athletics, WJU News, Alumni

Wheeling, WV

The Wheeling Jesuit University women's volleyball team traveled to Pittsburgh, P.A., last week to compete in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Quarterfinals. The Cardinals fell 3-0 to Lewis University on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University. 

This was their fifth appearance in the last six years in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals. In 2015, the team made history and won the University's first-ever National Championship.

Although the Cardinals fell short this year, Christy Benner, head coach, and her team are already looking forward to the future.

"The team is young, with no seniors, and this will give us the opportunity to build on this season and everything we have experienced so far," said Benner. "My team played a tough non-conference schedule and saw some of the best teams in the country over the course of the season. I felt this helped us understand what we needed to work on early in the season and it has set the stone for what's in store next year."

The Cardinals also won the Mountain East Conference (MEC) championship and the Atlantic Regional championship in November, which were hosted on the University's campus.

"Hopefully we learn from this loss and are better prepared for the next time," Benner added. "It was obviously not the outcome we wanted, but it was a good experience for us. I'd like for these girls to be able to end next season with a win. They work hard and they deserve it."

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.  

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