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Athletes of the Week: Women’s Volleyball’s Tessa Smolinski and Football’s Louis Fenaroli

By: Katelyn Clooney
Staff Writer

Louis Fenaroli

Louis Fenaroli (Springfield College Athletics)
Louis Fenaroli (Springfield College Athletics)

Louis Fenaroli has been a strong offensive force during the Pride’s first two games this season. During their home opener against Husson this past weekend, Fenaroli carried the ball 21 times for 92 yards. Fenaroli also rushed for three touchdowns as Springfield shut out Husson, winning 36-0 to remain undefeated. Fenaroli hopes that the Pride can continue their success and win the Liberty League. He has worked hard during the offseason and believes the team has strong potential. On the season, Fenaroli has 212 yards and four touchdowns. The Pride will try to improve to 3-0 as they travel to Mount Ida on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Q.  After beginning strong, how well do you think the team will do this year?
A.  I think that our team has unbelievable potential, and when we become more consistent in our play we will have great success.

Q. What are the team’s goals this year?
A. Our goal this season is to win the Liberty League.

Q. What are your goals as a player this year?
A. My personal goal is to assist the team in any way possible so that we can win the Liberty League.

Q: As a sophomore, what have you tried to improve on the most for this season?
A. During the offseason, I have tried to improve my stamina. That was my biggest issue last year, so I put extra emphasis on running over the summer.

Tessa Smolinski

Tessa Smolinski (Springfield College Athletics)

Tessa Smolinski has been a main reason why the Springfield College women’s volleyball team has begun their season with a 9-0 record. On Saturday, Springfield College outplayed both Connecticut College and Bowdoin College to win the MIT Invitational. Smolinski was named the tournament’s MVP and also was chosen as NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. Along with a lot of confidence, Smolinski has high goals for the team this year. As a senior, she hopes her experience will be able to propel the team towards achieving those goals. On Tuesday, Smolinski recorded a double-double with 11 digs and 18 kills, as the Pride rolled to a four-set win over Coast Guard. The Pride look to remain undefeated when they face MIT in Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday Sept. 21.

Q. After beginning the season 9-0, how confident are you in this team?
A. I have a lot of confidence in us as a team, but I know that we still have a lot more to improve upon. We are never satisfied with how we have played, and we have a lot more room to grow as a team and get even better.
Q. What are the team’s goals this year?
A. One of our big goals is to make it far into the NCAA Tournament and win the NEWMAC Tournament. Of course we have smaller goals that will help us reach those ones, but looking ahead to the end of the season, this is what we are striving to achieve.
Q. As a senior, what would you like to bring to the team this year?
A. Experience. I have been playing on this team for three years now, so I understand how the season will work. I know the ins and outs of the tournaments and what each game means for our season. I want to bring confidence, consistency and a sense of calmness on the court.

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