(At left: women volleyball players, circa 1980.) One of the first mentions of volleyball as a sport at Brockport is in the 1945 Saga, where it is mentioned as one of the intramural sports played then. The sport followed the typical progression for women's sports, moving from club to varsity status. In December 1965 the Stylus was running headlines on the "Brockport State Volleyball Honor Team," and the "Lady Spikers," but by December 1966 they were mentioning the "Women's Varsity Volleyball Team," making the team one of the earliest varsity women's sports.
Typical of the reports of the team in the early days is the following, extracted from the "Co-Ed Capers" column in the February 24, 1967 issue of the Stylus,
Volleyball Team Victorious The women's volleyball team captured four straight games to complete two victorious matches over Buffalo State... "Cookie" Desino and Phyllis Gleichman sparked the varsity team with fine set-ups, while Peggy McCann was tops in the serving department.
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