by Aidan McGinty / Staff Reporter
After a season of many highs and lows with a season record of 16-9, Roosevelt’s own volleyball team brought home a win against rivals Robert Morris University at the Goodman Center on Oct. 15 2019. With Homecoming in full swing, the student body in attendance were all decked out in green.
Freshman Lauren Watkins said, “The energy is high, and everyone looks like they’re having a good time.” The crowd was buzzing with excitement as students and spectators slowly made their way inside.
Crowd support does not go unnoticed by the team. Junior Mackenzie Bell said, “It was really great having energy and support from our fans.”
The game began with a hug between the two schools mascots, Roosevelt’s Fala and Robert Morris’ Eagle, symbolizing the integration of the two schools, which was met with admittedly mixed reactions from some students attending the game.
“I think it was a little too soon considering a lot of students are very sensitive about the integration,” said freshman Social Justice Studies major, Sunyata Courie.
On the contrary, freshman Political Science major, Lilly Pribish said, “I think it was a good representation of the integration and a good symbol of the two schools uniting.”
The first set began and the Lakers quickly established themselves on their home court, winning 25-10. They followed their success in the first set by going on to win the next two, providing Roosevelt with a win in straight sets.
The playful interactions between the student sections of Roosevelt and Robert Morris rang throughout the gym. This included the shouts of “scoreboard” and “sit down” being yelled from all sides.
The second set was closer near the beginning, with Robert Morris scoring the first point. However, the Lakers quickly pulled ahead and remained there until the end of the set, winning the second one as well.
In the third set, the audience appeared to be on the edge of their seats after Robert Morris established an early lead, keeping the game very close until the Lakers pulled through to win the third and final set. The energy in the building was electric after the 25 point mark in the third set was reached, meaning the Lakers had won. The audience jumped to their feet and filled the room with thunderous applause.
The team said that they maintain a strong work ethic. Sophomore Kara Sleeper said, “We get up at five everyday, and work really hard.”
“It is really great, we really love each other,” she added.
“A lot of work has gone into this season the entire time, and the rivalry between us and Robert Morris really motivated us to work harder,” Bell said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way things are this season.”