Drew Women’s Volleyball Makes Debut Appearance

by Amira Hadri

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The Drew Women’s Volleyball team made their debut in their first inaugural season this year under the direction of Head Coach Alyssa Broccoli. The team is made up of a total of 15 players coming from five different states and is led by captain Jasmine Butler (C ’25). To date, the Rangers have set the bar high with an impressive overall record of 14-5. 

The Women’s Volleyball team wrapped up their first tournament of the season with a 3-0 win against Bard College and kept up the momentum with another 3-0 win against Clarks Summit University. They topped off their seventh straight win against Cedar Crest College with Andrea Camacho-Tenreiro (’25) throwing down a season-high of 25 kills. 

Their winning streak unfortunately ended at Rutgers-Camden (8-4), but they quickly bounced back when they swept two wins against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (3-2) and Wilson College (3-0). Camacho-Tenreiro led the Rangers offensively with a season-high of 21 kills, while Melina Christodoulou (’24) registered a season-high of 16 kills with three blocks.

Camacho-Tenreiro also became the first player in team history to earn a Player of the Week Award and averaged 4.50 kills, 2.64 digs and 0.79 service aces per set in a 4-0 week that included a three win streak. She opened the week with 13 kills in a 3-0 victory against William Paterson, then posted her second double-double of the season with 20 kills and 16 digs in a 3-2 win against Montclair State University. 

Women’s volleyball is currently 0-3 for conference play. The Rangers put forth a valiant effort in their first-ever Landmark Conference matches while taking on a pair of highly-regarded opponents on Saturday, Oct. 2. In their first match of the day, the Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth and deciding set before ultimately dropping a 3-2 decision to Susquehanna University. Drew later took on Juniata College and lost a 3-0 decision.

Against Susquehanna, Camacho-Tenreiro posted a double-double with season-highs of 27 kills and 24 digs, marking the first 20-20 performance in team history. Ashley Carkhuff (‘25) registered 18 kills, 16 digs and three blocks while Jasmine Butler (‘25) passed out 46 assists and scooped 14 digs. Lauren Gaza (‘25) came up with 45 digs while Gabi Trinker (‘25) posted four blocks.

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In their evening tilt the Rangers faced another formidable foe in Juniata, who have won all 13 Landmark Conference titles since the formation of the conference in 2007. The Eagles won the opener 25-11 before the Blue and Green put up a strong showing in the second set, keeping it close all the way and trailing just 21-20 before Juniata closed on a 4-1 run. The Eagles clinched it with a 25-6 victory in the third set. Camacho-Tenreiro threw down another seven kills versus the Eagles while Carkhuff contributed five kills. Butler dished out 18 assists and Gaza notched 12 digs.

The Rangers played their most recent conference game against University of Scranton on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The team nearly rallied to tie the match at 1-1, but the University of Scranton defeated the Rangers 3-0 in the first-ever Landmark Conference women’s volleyball match in Baldwin Gym. 

After the Royals won the opening set 25-19, Drew trailed 20-11 in the second period before catching fire. The Rangers outscored Scranton 12-2 to come all the way back to take the lead (23-22) on a setter dump from Butler. Kiara Vasquez (‘25) served on the final five points of the rally for Drew and served up two aces during the spurt. Scranton was serving for set point at 24-23 before Carkhuff perfectly placed a shot into the back corner to tie it again, marking her fourth kill during the rally, but the Royals came back with a pair of kills to take the set 26-24 before clinching the match with a 25-12 third-set victory. Camacho-Tenreiro finished with 11 kills and 10 digs for the Rangers, who lost at home for the first time in team history after starting 8-0 on their home term. Carkhuff contributed 11 kills, Butler distributed 21 assists and Gaza scooped 14 digs.

The women’s volleyball team will return to action at York College against Neumann this Saturday, Oct. 16.

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