By Ted Waddell
LOCH SHELDRAKE November 19, 2002 Consistency is the name of the game in the Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) womens volleyball program.
Over the past two seasons, the teams compiled identical 4-16 records.
I was optimistic at the start of the year, said Coach Bryan Bury. I thought they would do a little better than they did.
Bury also serves as the local community colleges coordinator of athletic operations and intramurals.
He said that last years squad got along a little better at the beginning of the season than the squad of 2002.
But this year we had a better team with more individual talent, Bury explained. This year, we took a little longer to come together. I felt they should have beaten a couple of teams early in the season, but they hadnt really jelled yet as a cohesive unit.
According to Bury, the best game of the season was a loss at Manhattan Community College in the Big Apple.
The SCCC 2002 volleyball team boasted one player from a local high school, a player Bury said was the squads standout: Jocelyn Hernandez, a 2002 Fallsburg Central School graduate.
Jocelyn was great, said Bury. She was definitely my best all-around player . . . a very powerful serve, and a very tough player.
The 2002 SCCC womens volleyball team: Hernandez (*), Nancy Patricio (*), Jarisel Santiago (*), Erika Hernandez (*), Marielle Saunders (*), Wendy Diaz (*), Kelly Pattison and Ebennie Johannes. (A * denotes a player who was a starter on a consistent basis.)
Stats based on match averages/best 3 out of 5 games): Hernandez (18 points, 4 aces, 6 digs, 7 kills); Nancy Patricio (13 pts., 2 aces, 7 digs, 4 kills, 4 blocks); Jarisel Santiago (9 pts., 2 aces, 8 digs, 3 kills).
Two SCCC players, Hernandez and Nancy Patricio, were named to the Mid-Hudson All-Conference Volleyball Second Team.
Next year, if we can add a couple of hitters on offense, well improve a lot, Bury said.