The Culinary Institute of America

  • Volleyball

    The volleyball team began its inaugural season in the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference in 2011, after a very successful 2010 season as a club team. Coached by Dominic Garafola and assisted by student coaches Katy Keefe and Jordan Ishizu, the team finished with a 4-1 record for the year.

    In 2010, the team was handed its only loss in the first match of the season by local rival Dutchess Community College, before going on to compete very strongly against conference members Sarah Lawrence, St. Joseph's College, Medgar Evers, and Pratt Institute.

    The 2011 season—which was the first season for a varsity intercollegiate volleyball program at the CIA—ended with tremendous success as our student-athletes secured both the regular and post-season tournament championships. Led by Coach Jamie Floryan, the CIA team ended the regular season with an 11-1 record, with their lone loss to Division III Saint Joseph College (CT). By earning the number one seed for the post-season tournament, the CIA team got a bye in the quarterfinals and went on to straight-game victories for both the semifinals (vs. the College of New Rochelle) and finals (vs. St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn).

    After the tremendously successful season in 2011, and with the majority of players returning to the squad, high expectations surrounded the Steels for 2012. In the first tournament of the season on September 1, the team lost both matches versus quality NCAA Division III teams, already giving them more losses (two) than the entire 2011 season. The team battled through, going 5-5 after in its first 10 matches. Then the Steels rode a three-game winning streak into the postseason tournament, earning the #4 seed. The team defeated #5 seed Pratt Institute in the quarterfinals (3-1) and followed that up with a 3-1 semifinal victory over St. Josephs of Brooklyn, the #1 seed that was previously unbeaten during the HVWAC regular season. A raucous crowd of CIA students supported the team during the championship tournament's final rounds, but the Steels succumbed in the championship to a strong Sarah Lawrence College squad by a 3-0 score.

    "For such a young program, we have had two fantastic seasons, and it has been a pleasure to coach and work on behalf of these quality young women," said Coach Jamie Floryan. "They persevered through the pressure of high expectations, with the rest of the conference looking to conquer us after an undefeated conference record in 2011, and we peaked at the right time. Losing Jeanne (Casagrande, 2011 Conference Player of the Year) made everyone's job a bit tougher, and I was so proud of how they all responded."

    2013 saw another very successful regular season, with the team posting an overall mark of 12-3, 5-2 in the conference. As the third seed in the postseason tournament held October 27, the Steels bowed out in the semifinals to eventual champion The College of New Rochelle. Senior Kristin McGinn and freshman Emily Brown were voted to the All-Conference Team.

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