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.
2014 saw the team dip to a 6-8 overall record and, for the first time, not qualify for a postseason tournament spot. “The quality of young ladies I had on this year’s team was wonderful,” said Coach Floryan. “They were a great group full of energy and commitment. We were much younger this year; most players were freshman and sophomores, so we have a great foundation moving into next year.”
And in 2015, the team returned to its winning ways, posting a 9-7 mark, good for second place in the HVIAC. In the postseason tournament, the Steels defeated Pratt Institute 3-1 in the semifinals before ending their season with a loss in the championship match to The College of New Rochelle. Senior Emily Brown was voted conference Co-Player of the Year, only the second time a Steels volleyball player ever earned that honor. Additionally, freshman Megan Read was named Rookie of the Year for the HVIAC.
The 2016 season started strong, with the Steels winning four of their first 5 matches. By season’s end, the team’s record was 8-6, good for a third-place finish. The CIA feel to Pratt 3-1 in the semifinal round of the HVIAC tournament.
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