As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. That’s the case every year at the conclusion of the men’s volleyball season. With a 3-0 Greater Northeast Athletic Conference semifinals loss to top-seeded Rivier on April 10, seniors Tim Anderson and Matt Dionne wrapped up their collegiate careers. The April 5th Senior Day celebrated the careers of Anderson and Dionne, but it was actually the second time they participated in a senior day together. The two Danville, NH natives graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in 2010 and have been friends since seventh grade.
“The two senior days were very similar,” said Anderson, a communication major. “But I feel now that I’m older, I understand and realize how soon it all is going to end. So [Lasell’s] had more meaning and emotion behind it.”
The team enjoyed one of its more successful seasons in some time, which according to Dionne, is a result of the team’s growth in maturity the past two seasons. Yet, players can be spotted in the cafe wrestling one another for a cellphone or joking around with one another. People who don’t know the team may see this as immature or the players may come off as arrogant, but anyone who knows the team knows it’s a group of guys who enjoy having fun and playing volleyball with each other.
“We are definitely the goofiest team on campus,” said Anderson. They credit the team’s success to the ability to be themselves, have fun, but be focused when it’s necessary. As Anderson put it, “We’re one big family.”
Anderson and Dionne both pointed out that wins were the result of a team effort. “It’s not like one person can win a game for you in volleyball,” said Dionne, a management major. “It has to be a team effort. Just sometimes individuals shine more than others.”
“It seems like every game someone new steps up,” said Anderson.
Anderson finished his career with 217 kills in 59 matches played (147 sets) and Dionne finished with 320 kills in 93 matches (274 sets).
For Anderson and Dionne, they were fortunate enough to share two senior days together. “It’s different because this time I know we aren’t going to be playing together on a team for a school,” said Dionne. “But it was awesome because I was able to play and finish my career with one of my best friends.”