By Brett LaBore
The Bethany volleyball team is on a roll and they believe that this year is different than years past.
Winners of their last four games, the volleyball team is starting to come together playing hard and having fun doing it. They are driven by a motto that will help them throughout the season. Sophomore Mac Hinz commented on that.
“We are bringing energy, focus, discipline and passion on the court at all times,” said Hinz.
These four words are helping drive the Vikings to grind out points, sets, and matches every time they step on the court. This is evidenced by their home game on Sept. 12, where they battled St. Olaf to four competitive matches in front of the Red Sea, including one set that ended 32-30 to St. Olaf.
“The effort from our players is very encouraging,” said Head Coach John Olmanson.
Ever since camp started in the summer, the team has been close which has helped them battle to close sets and victories. Several members of the team talked about that.
“We started camp week very strong. Girls had good chemistry on the court,” said senior Kristen Mielke.
“These girls all definitely work together as a team. The team supporting each other is great to see,” said Olmanson.
Though the team is young, the upperclassmen have done a good job of helping the new freshmen acclimate to the college game which has helped the performance on the court. Freshman Allyson Lauer talked about her first year in the program.
“In the beginning I was a little nervous about how the program was run, but the girls were very welcoming,” said Lauer.
One thing that has to be said is the team’s big road win over Martin Luther College on Sept. 20. It was Coach Olmanson’s first victory over the Knights since he took over as coach three years ago and first overall win since 2009.
They lost the first set before rallying off three in a row to win 3-1. One player who was excited was junior Anna Nelson.
“It was one of the best feelings beating them. I’m still hyped about it,” said Nelson.
Ever since that big win, the team has rolled to consecutive victories over Northland and an exciting come-from-behind win over UW-Superior. Down 0-2, they won three consecutive sets to win 3-2 in front of a raucous student section.
After a dominant 3rd set resulting in a 25-15 win, Bethany never looked back and won in exciting fashion in front of a great crowd on a Friday night.
There has been a new feeling among these volleyball players. They feel like this is their year and they have come together to make sure that nothing comes in their way of accomplishing their goals.