Fernanda Bartels, Staff Writer

We started the month of October on the right note. On the first weekend, we played our first home conference games. It was a tough weekend, but it felt amazing to play our conference games in our new gym. With our new gym, our sense of “protection” of home court increased. We are starting a history for the RAC and we want to start it right.

We played the VCU Rams and the William & Mary Tribe, ranked second and third in the CAA respectively. We were able to pull off the victory against the Rams in five sets on Friday, but we did not have the same luck against the Tribe on Saturday. In our conference, everyone plays at a similar level. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. For example, the Hofstra Pride, ranked seventh, took a set against the Delaware Blue Hens, the undefeated conference leader. When it comes down to winning, details such as having home court advantage, having the momentum of the game or having a crowd cheering for you makes the difference.

For that reason, I personally would like to thank the crowd for showing up at the Friday and Saturday matches. It would not be the same without you. Thank you for every cheer, for every moment you were anxious about the score, for every clap and for every rally you held your breath, waiting for the kill. Thanks for coming and supporting Mason’s women’s volleyball team. We are trying to play our best volleyball for you.

After those two home matches, we resumed our road trips. We defeated our rival, the James Madison Dukes, in four sets at their home court a couple weeks ago. We faced the Pride on Friday and the Northeastern Huskies on Sunday on their home courts as well.

Now, we are back at the RAC for the next two weekends. This weekend, we play the Towson Tigers and the Blue Hens. Next weekend, it is time to face the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in the Broadside Game of the Week on Friday and the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday.

As October is the pink month, the match on Saturday is the Breast Cancer Awareness match. We will be wearing pink jerseys. Pink t-shirts will be sold at the match and the proceeds will be donated to the cause. This is another reason to come out to the game and support a good cause and our volleyball team.

As I said, October is our month, the RAC is our territory, green and gold (and pink!) are our colors and there will be nothing to stop us. Go Mason!