The expectations are as high as can be. It’s the volleyball team’s first year playing in the Colonial Athletic Association and they’re expected to do nothing less than capture the title. Moreover, senior psychology major Darcy Dorton was named to the 2013 preseason All-CAA volleyball team and was tabbed the 2013 CAA preseason player of the year. Everyone is counting on a banner year from the Cougars.
Already the Cougars are satisfying expectations. They’re off to another strong start, which includes a sweep of Indiana (the program’s first victory over a Big 10 opponent), Coastal Carolina and S.C. State during the Hampton Inn CofC Invitational in September. For her part, Dorton, who in 2012 was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention (another first in the program’s history), earned tournament MVP honors that weekend and was named offensive player of the week by the CAA.
In October, Dorton recorded her 1,000th career kill, and the Cougars look to be on a tear as they settle into their new conference.