While most students at Missouri Valley College were enjoying their final days of summer, the Missouri Valley Women’s Volleyball team was here practicing three times a day, in a non-air conditioned gym and temperatures of more than 100 degrees. The volleyball team has been in full force since August 13, and has had one weekend off.
Their current record for the season is 7-6 overall, but 0-2 in conference with disappointing losses to Baker University and Benedictine University.
The Heart of America NAIA Conference lost two teams at the end of last year with William Jewell College and Lindenwood University going to the D2 level. With the loss of the two teams, the conference now welcomes Peru State, a four-year college located in Peru, Nebraska. With not having played them yet, the lady Vikings are excited to see what the new teams have to bring to the court.
This year, the Vikings have a new assistant coach, Brett Holt. He is an OSU graduate where he played as a setter for the club team. Before coming to Valley, Holt coached high school ball for eight years and blub for six. The team is aking his experience to its advantages.
Junior Psychology major Diane DeSalla said, “He knows what he is talking about. He has been and will be a great impact on the team this year.” The team, as a whole, believes that Holt will be a great help with the team’s turn around over the next two years.
There are a few new players on the team. One new teammate is Megan Hardin, a freshman Photography major from St. Joseph, Mo. About being the new starting middle, she said, “I feel really honored and proud of myself for succeeding to the expectations of the varsity team.” She recently just played her best game of the season so far against Benedictine. She had 15 kills and 37 blocks. With Hardin only being a freshman, many upperclassmen will agree that she could be unstoppable.
The next Viking game is on Saturday September 24, when they will be playing the 1-1 Avila University. The junior varsity team will start playing at noon and 1 p.m. and the varsity team plays at 2:30 p.m.