Western volleyball is ready to face St. Cloud State University and rack up another victory over Minot State University.
The SCSU game is very important to win for the volleyball team because it’s a regional game.
Head coach Marian Carbin, who was the assistant coach last season, wants to win regionals.
Coach Carbin said that she likes where they are at.
“This season, we’re going into every game expecting a win,” Carbin said.
SCSU struggled to start last season and failed to improve as it progressed, including a hard mid-season slump that resulted in eight straight losses.
While they finished 10-18 last season, that doesn’t make them an easy opponent.
The Minot State University game will prove challenging this season as well, despite the Western 3-0 win over them last season.
“I expect them to be better this year because they have international players on their team,” Carbin said.
Minot finished last season with a not-so-impressive record of 6-24.
They started out strong, but they hit a bump and lost three straight games.
After following with two wins, it all went downhill, as they hit an eight game losing streak.
Western ended last season with a 16-16 record, starting off the season with an impressive five game winning streak.
As the season progressed, it was a roller coaster of wins and losses until they hit a five-loss streak toward the end of the season.
Coach Carbin and the Griffons are prepared for a better season. They have been practicing and working hard.
Carbin isn’t the only one ready for this season. The team is just as ready to get going.
Sarah Faubel, a junior libero, said “We’re very eager to get the season started.” Faubel also said that they have great team chemistry and motivate each other.
Faubel said that that they are expecting great things this season.
Amanda Boender, a junior middle blocker, said “We expect to be better and more competive this season. Our biggest challenge is that people think we are the underdogs, but we are better than expected.”
And while the team is ready to win, they are also prepared for losses.
Faubel said, “We can learn so much from a loss. We just have to take what we learned and convert losses to wins.”
Boender said that if they do lose, they just have to bounce back and win.
The Griffons are set to face off against SCSU at 11:30 A.M. and Minot State at 4:30 P.M. on Friday, Sept. 13 in Sioux Falls, SD.