By Lang Phillippi
Sewanee’s volleyball team has been killing the competition in the opening act of this season. They have dominated all five opposing schools so far, winning three to one against Millikin University and three to zero against Centre, Lagrange, Mississippi University for Women, and Agnes Scott. The most recent game against Agnes Scott gave way for some different players to shine, such as Olivia Nichols (C’21). Nichols lettered for three seasons as a Western Albemarle Warrior in her hometown of Crozet, Virginia before coming to Sewanee.
Nichols has been an outside hitter for Tigers volleyball for her three years on the mountain. She got her chance to be in the spotlight leading the game against Agnes Scott with eight kills and four service aces. Nichols particularly enjoyed this game which lent to her and the teams playing, “It allowed us to build chemistry with other people in the court instead of just the same people on the court all the time. I think we were really able to focus on playing our game and limiting our errors … It was fun, it was a good game and a lot of [my] family was there to watch as well.”
The team this season is great all around as evidenced by their unbeaten record so far. Nichols stands out for being a huge team player. Nichols credits the team’s success to a strong team dynamic and chemistry, saying that, “we get along so well; truly we are sisters. My expectation is that we are going to have a lot of fun and win a lot of games.” With Nichols and her teammates playing the way they have so far, the sky’s the limit for these Tigers.