By Megan Powell
After a season where all positions suffered injuries, the women’s volleyball team looks forward to conference play tomorrow.
“We are still facing some [injuries], so to get to this point has been a big achievement for the women of the program,” said Mary Johnston, head volleyball coach, assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator.
The five that make up the senior class were determined not to end their final season and earned their chance to play in the postseason after the win against Defiance.
“We put everything on the floor and we said that before the game started, leave everything in between the lines because this could be it,” senior libero and defensive specialist Kezie Wieneke said. “We went into the game with having nothing to lose. Our hitters held nothing back”
In the middle of the season, the team experienced a lull in performance. At the conference-determining match, the team was on an upswing.
Senior Emily Young had a season best of 21 kills in the Defiance match, while ending the game with a kill.
“I’m not ready for the season to be over,” Young said. “We were lucky enough to come out from our low and beat Defiance on their floor, which is something I don’t think has happened in a very long time.”
While the teams is performing well on the court, injures still linger.
At least every position has been effected by an injury at some point in the past 12 weeks, Johnston said. Even the assistant coach had two concussions and a strain in her foot.
Through all of the highs and lows of the season, the team keeps a close connection.
“They are a family,” Johnston said. “They are women that truly care about each other and they want to be the best in everything that they do whether it’s in the classroom, in the community or on the floor.”
The volleyball team has advanced in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The team defeated Transylvania 3-2.
Next up for the team will be Hanover College for the semifinal round. Hanover finished the season a perfect 9-0 in conference play claiming the number one seed.
The match will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hanover.