WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
St. Francis Brooklyn freshman, Domenique Gerard, is enjoying her first season in Brooklyn Heights.
“My time at St. Francis has been really fun,” commented Gerard. “My team has made it easier to adjust. Coming from high school into college, I really like playing volleyball here with the girls.”
The freshman, from Newark, New Jersey, said there was an adjustment period going from the high school level to Division I play.
“There was an adjustment period, now I am always tired. I was so use to sleeping all the time, but with volleyball and managing school, I get a lot less rest. But I am adjusting.”
Gerard also had to adjust on the court. “I am playing with a lot girls who are on my level. In high school there wasn’t as much competition. I had to learn new techniques and new styles of play.”
Gerard, who is second on the team with 185 kills, recalled the team’s impressive 3-2 come from behind victory over Central Connecticut State, a match in which she had 10 kills, as her favorite in her young career with the Terriers.
She said, “When we beat CCSU in our first conference game it was a lot of fun. I actually got to see the team play to its full potential. We played with chemistry, we communicated well, and I felt we were all on the same page. I felt like we all wanted to win a conference game. We took the challenge and accepted it.”
This season Gerard has had eight double-digit kill matches. She has had her single game high of 15 in two matches, a loss to Manhattan College and a win over Fairleigh Dickerson University.
Prior to coming to SFBK, she went to Science Park High School in Newark, New Jersey. This is where Gerard started her volley ball career. After one year of freshmen volleyball, she went on to play three years on varsity.
On varsity she was as awarded 3rd Team All- Conference her sophomore year. In her junior year, she was Second Team All -Conference, First Team All-County, Second Team All Group, and the number five statewide leader in kills. In her senior year, she was number two in the state in kills.
This season, the Terriers sit at 6-19, 2-5 in the NEC. Gerard is positive that the team will grow to a top team in the NEC.
“I see us growing, we have so much potential and a lot our starters are pretty young, so if we remain focused and push ourselves hard, we will be fine the next three years.”
Gerard and the rest of the women’s volleyball team will continue to gain experience and grow as a team on the road to an NEC championship.