Last week the lady Bobcats celebrated their first victory in a Big-Sky Conference opener in nearly ten years with a fifth set win over the University of North Dakota. The team has high hopes for this season with a current record of 7-3.
“In the past the team has really struggled for identity,” said first-year Head Coach Kyle Weindel. This year the team has already worked to exceed Weindel’s expectations in their non-conference matches the first three weeks of the season with wins over Akron and Belmont in Ohio.
“We were picked 11th in the conference which means on paper everyone is supposed to beat us,” Weindel said. North Dakota, who recently joined the BSC, won in their previous conference the past two seasons and were picked third this year in the BSC.
“I knew they were going to be tough and we out-performed them in sets 2, 4 and 5. It was really encouraging and really a positive thing for our players,” Weindel explained.
The Bobcats were down two sets to one against North Dakota and rallied for the win in the fifth set, with a final score of 19-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-16, 15-11.
On Saturday the team took on the University of Northern Colorado. The team played hard but lost 1-3. Northern Colorado is the 2010 and 2011 BSC champions and the top ranked team going into this season.
Under Coach Weindel, the ‘Cats are looking forward to an exciting season. “We are teaching players to win and be confident. These are things we work on every day in practice: being confident, learning how to win drills and being more efficient. We use specific drills in practice to simulate games and to sustain a high level of play from start to finish.”
“It is a new-look program, we’re doing different things, we’re winning; we already have one more win than last year,” Weindel said. I would really like to encourage students, faculty and the readers of the paper to come check us out.”
MSU Volleyball has a match tonight at 7 p.m. against Eastern Washington and another match Saturday at 7 p.m. against Portland State. Admission is free for all students with a valid CatCard.