Volleyball hopes for continued success
September 11, 2015
Photo taken by Anthony Matozzi / Sophomore Kylie Gerhardt readies up a serve in Saturday’s championship match against Lincoln Christian University.
Women’s volleyball has had many successful moments, some on the court and many in the classroom. The Fighting Scots have earned its fourth straight national team academic award that goes to teams with an average GPA of a 3.3 or higher. The team had seven women awarded with All-Conference Academic Honors. In contrast to their success in the classroom, last year’s season had the second-worst record in history.
The Lady Scots started their 2015 season with hosting a tournament and catching two wins against MacMurray College and Eureka College. The Scots lost an important contributor after Mackenzie Gilland finished her senior season in 2014, a player who is in the record books for the highest kill percentage in a career. “The team has adjusted very well after losing those who graduated. We’ve been moving players around from position to position trying to find the best way to mesh (on the floor),” says Junior Alexa Piekarski.
Photos taken by Anthony Matozzi / Junior Justine Bodenhamer prepares for the opposing serve in Saturday’s championship match.
The head coach, Kari Shimmin, has captured 300 wins and has earned her title as the winningest coach in women’s volleyball at Monmouth College. Top returners this season include: Quincy Merritt (OH), Justine Bodenhamer (DS), Alanna Trettin (DS,OH), Bridgett Rayhill (MH,RS), and Lorin Pedersoli (OH). An important thing for the 2015 team to focus on is keeping consistent energy while playing together as a team. Head coach along with assistant coach, Mollie Murdock and student coaches, Amy Olsen and Kristi Ragan have a challenge ahead of them to work with these girls and find the best mesh on the court and fight for a winning season for the first time in three years.
You can cheer on the Women’s volleyball team at their first home conference game on September 25th at 7 p.m. in the Glennie gymnasium.