Maverick volleyball looks to next season after closing weekend
Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Updated: Sunday, January 19, 2014 15:01
After a big 3-2 win over South Dakota Friday night, Nov. 15, and a 0-3 loss to Denver on Sunday, Nov. 17, the Mavericks are looking to next fall with a young team.
“We started off sluggish tonight,” said head coach Rose Shires about Saturday’s game. “I was pleased to see it turn around in the third set but it wasn’t quite enough.”
The Mavericks fell in three sets to Denver, 17-25, 14-25, 20-25.
The Maverick volleyball team is a young one this year consisting of two juniors, seven sophomores and four freshman.
“The first thing we have to realize is that when you’re so young and you make a transition into Division-1, what we do and what we are is a process. We don’t judge ourselves on what we’re doing, we judge ourselves on what steps we make in the process,” Shires said.
With no seniors on the team this year, the Mavericks had the junior and sophomores step up to lead. Sophomore setter Bailey Baxter is one of the sophomore players that lead the team.
“We started off kind of slow today,” Baxter said. “We’re all young, but we’ve improved a lot in the year and improved as playing as a team.”
Against Denver, Baxter had 17 assists and seven digs.
Baxter said she saw improvement all year long, especially “playing together and knowing what our roles are as a team.”
Sophomore outside hitter Kelley Wollack is excited for what next year will bring as a team.
“We’re going to have another year under our belt and the experience is going to help propel us into the next level,” Wollack said.
Wollack said the team has improved immensely over the season, but today she said, “we didn’t have a great excitement going into the match. Sunday’s are difficult to get into game mode because it’s normally a day to prepare for the week.”
Wollack finished the game against Denver with six kills, six digs and two stops.
Freshman middle blocker Kristy Wieser said the adjustment into college as a student and athlete wasn’t easy, but the team helped her.
“The sophomore and juniors took charge this year and really helped us all to be leaders on and off the court,” Wieser said.
Wieser said this year has been a year of growing and learning how to play well dynamically as a team, but that next year will be much different.
“Next year we’ll have the same team and the same leaders, so we’ll really be able to build on this year,” Wieser said.
Wieser finished the season against Denver with three kills, four digs and one block.
The highlight of the season for all three players and Shires was the win against South Dakota on Friday. She said the team needs to recognize that pattern, so they can play back-to- back for more wins in the future.
“It was a culmination of everything we’ve tried to do the entire years and the girls put it together for a win,” said Shires.
Baxter said the win against South Dakota gave the team a lot of confidence for next year.
“They were tied for number one in the conference, so we were pretty excited,” Baxter said.
“We are making progress and as young as we are things are improving, and we’re playing very good volleyball,” said Shires. “In 2-3 years I see us vying for the top three positions in the conference.”