Volleyball off to great start

volleyballBy Joey Peterson —

University of Wisconsin–Stout women’s volleyball team is off to a great start in 2015. Behind a young roster filled with talent, the team has posted a 10-5 record while playing a tough schedule. With a team of 13 underclassmen and only five upperclassmen, the team looks to progress as much as possible.

Outside hitter, Carly Troudt (So, Lino Lakes, Minn.), said that the season has been tough. “We’ve battled some really tough teams and came up a little bit short,” said Troudt. Competition mentioned includes a number of nationally ranked teams and a trip to play some top notch competition in California.

Even though they have suffered a couple of losses, the season has still been a success so far. Middle hitter, Ashley Pratt (So, Lakeville, Minn.) said, “We focus on playing as a team and not six individuals.” This has been very evident in the way the team has played so far this season.

The team has pushed themselves not only physically, but mentally. Second year head coach, Laura Evans, said, “Our goal is to improve a bit each day physically and mentally.” As the team looks to improve each and every time they step in the gym, it is important they continue to progress mentally. “Volleyball is so much of a mindset and I think we’re improving in this area” said Evans.

As for the rest of the season, the team has bigger goals in mind and wants to continue to progress. ”We would love to finish pretty high in conference,” said Troudt. Along with wanting to finish atop their conference standings, the team wants to take it one more level. Pratt said, “A team goal would be Nationals. Last year we were one bid away.”

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