PURCHASE, N.Y. -- The Kennedy Gymnasium on the campus of Manhattanville College will be jumping Thursday as the Lady Valiants open the 2011 volleyball season against rival Purchase College, 7 p.m. It will also mark the Manhattaville coaching debut of Amanda Alayon.
The 22-year-old Alayon was a four-year starter at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a May 2011 graduate.
The girls have responded really well to each other and to me," Alayon said. Theyve come together as a team and they enjoy playing with each other and for each other.
The nine-member team is led by seniors Maggie Black, Makana Gomes, Allie Johnson and Damaris Morales. Morales led the team with 224 kills last year and Gomes collected 589 sets.
I am very pleased because the girls have come a long way in a week and a half, Alayon said. I am excited to get started and show that we are a good team.
Purchase enters the match highlighted by Olivia Hintz and Lindsay Frohman.
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