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By Nastassja Posso
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- Whatever changes the Women’s Volleyball team made to their strategy has been working almost to perfection. After starting out the season, 1-10, they’ve turned it around and been 8-2 The Purple Eagles are currently and ranked third in the MAAC with an 8-3 conference record.
A big reason for the turnaround has been thanks in part to the play of outside hitter Jaycie Roberts. Roberts leads the Purple Eagles in kills (207),digs (287) and points (235.5) this season. It is safe to say that she plays a big role on the court. Junior Jaycie Roberts said consistency is key for the Purple Eagles.
“Our team has been staying consistent and preventing other teams from getting runs,” Roberts said.
In her eyes, her success this season has come from focusing a lot more on her mental game, as it is no secret that headspace and the mental part of things is the majority of an athlete’s success. As a team, she believes that their recent winning streak has come about through being more fearless.
Roberts is a Marketing major and is originally from Carson City, Nevada. Having played volleyball for 12 years already, she came a long way from Nevada to step up the game for NU.
The distance and being so far away from home hasn’t been easy for Roberts, but she told herself that she loved the school so much and the opportunity, that it was all going to be worth it.
Roberts has found that being a student athlete has enhanced her experience at NU. She mentions that her favorite part about playing for NU is the bond that she has built with her team.
“After my four years here I will be able to walk away knowing that I’ve made life-long friends while being able to continue playing a sport that I love,” Roberts said.
The Purple Eagles have back-to-back home games on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 against Marist and Siena respectively.
Statistics as of Oct. 31, 2019