The Pioneer volleyball team is beginning the fall semester determined and well equipped.
Head volleyball coach Jeff Huebner is starting the season with specific goals in mind. One of his top goals is to qualify for regionals and championships, “We are working every day to qualify for NCAA Regionals, LSC Conference Championships all while maintaining our reputation for being terrific in the classroom.” Huebner also emphasizes that improving the culture is an important goal this season noting, “This year we are looking to build a culture of excellence which is a daily commitment to character growth and sacrifice for our program.”
Not only does Huebner have goals in place, but he believes returning and new players will give the team an added edge, noting “Katy Ranes, Briley Cole-Lewis and Haley Collins are our top returning players, all who are captains this year and will look to contribute for us throughout the year at a high level.” He also mentions two new recruits who stood out during the pre-season tournament, “We have 2 newcomers who really stood out this pre-season tournament: Miri Shade and Veronika Webb. Miri has played terrific throughout this preseason and has an opportunity to be a top tier player in the LSC. Veronika saw some of her first action last weekend against Regis and played very well, hitting .200 and was a great attitude on the court.”
The Pioneers ended the Lady Chap Classic by winning two of a five set match against Colorado Mesa, and ended the tournament with a four set win against Colorado Christian according to TWU Athletics. Despite not winning the tournament overall TWU Athletics notes, “During the match against Colorado Mesa, Senior middle blocker and outside hitter Hailey Collins recorded a career and game-high of 11 blocks, Senior outside hitter Kerstin Jenkins tallied her second double-double of the season with 13 kills and a season-high 18 digs, and Sophomore defensive specialist Bailey French had a career and game-high 29 digs in a five-set loss to the Mavericks.” According to TWU Athletics, although the Pioneers did not close the tournament with consistent wins, Huebner is proud of his team and the way they played, he said “There was so many good things about the way we played even though it wasn’t our best execution night. I’m proud of the way we battled. I think we are putting ourselves in a good position to be successful long term.” Make sure to come out and support the Pioneers as they take on Tarleton State on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. and Angelo State on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.