The Pi Delta Chi Classics secured the women’s volleyball championship on Saturday night, defeating the Theta Sigma Chi Colts three games to one.
Colts player Judi Shetler blocked several Classics’ kills to keep the Colts within striking distance at the beginning of game one. Senior Kristin Jeffcott led the way on offense for the Classics, and the team gradually pulled away to win the first game 25-16.
Game two started out in favor of the Classics as they jumped out to an early 11-4 lead. But the Colts tightened their defense and came storming back, scoring six straight to cut the deficit to one. Pi Delta responded with seven straight points and never looked back on their way to a 25-14 victory in game two.
The Colts stepped up in game three behind the combined firepower of Chelsea Kern and Shetler. A seven-point run put Theta Sigma ahead 10-4 before the Classics called a timeout to regroup. They came out of the timeout on fire and tied the game at 15 and even took the lead by one, but mistakes by Pi Delta allowed the Colts to capture a 25-20 win and force a fourth game.
But there was no doubt about the winner of game four. Jeffcott dominated on offense for the Classics, and they never trailed the entire game, capturing the championship with a convincing 25-13 victory.
Jeffcott was also awarded Most Valuable Player by her peers, but she credited all her success to her teammates and their ability to become a unified whole as the season progressed.
“She was a huge asset to the team,” Classics coach Nikki Warman said of Jeffcott. “Her consistency means a lot, and overall her spirit is very encouraging.” Warman said the team’s focus throughout the season was control. “We spent a lot of time working on foundational, basic things, and I think that paid off in the end.”