By Catrina Head
The women’s volleyball season has officially begun at California Baptist University and it is shaping up to be a good one, according to two players and coach, Brandon Higa.
“The team is doing great,” Higa said. “We have an awesome group of women on this team and they have been a blast to be around. They came in from summer very fit and we have been able to push hard in training so far.”
The team dynamic contributes to the overall success of the team as a group of 14 individuals come together to work as one cohesive group in an attempt to beat their opponents in the 10 matches left during their conference season.
The women have their first home game against Fresno Pacific University at home on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Van Dyne Gymnasium.
They have been in a couple pre-season tournaments that Higa said were tough because the teams were up against some of the top teams.
But the women performed well, especially considering the number of new players recruited and added to the team this season.
“They definitely don’t play like freshman. Usually freshman are kind of scared and timid, but they’ve picked up pretty quickly,” said Taylor Parker, senior business major and the team’s setter.
Higa also mentioned the athleticism that the freshmen possess and expects that the team will do well once the season begins and they develop chemistry and gain experience.
Niki Bell, sophomore Biology pre-med major and libero on the team said, “So far it’s going really well. It’s still pretty early in the season and it’s been a little rough. We have some girls who are injured and we’re pretty young this year… but the freshman that came in are really awesome and have adapted pretty well.”
Bell and two other players, Jordyn Siko junior biology and Kristin McCord, sophmore undeclared major are out with injuries at the moment, but the team is getting by and the freshmen have stepped up in their roles.
The team is coming together as one to fill the holes of all the missing players.