Volleyball Looks to Build on Recent Success
The Williams Baptist College volleyball team has enjoyed success over the last four years with a combined record of 95 wins and 57 losses.
The coaches and players believe this year will be another step up for the program. Coach Eric Newell will lead the team when they open the season on Saturday, August 27 at 1 pm. They will be competing versus Mid-Continent University.
The team has been working hard the past three weeks, practicing three times a day. Newell summed up the pre-season, “This year’s volleyball team, despite some setbacks, has excelled in nearly all areas of the pre-season.” The coaching staff believes the pre-season has showed promise because the players have gotten better each week.
Senior outside hitter and leader Caitlin Wakefield described pre-season, “Everyone has been sore, but we are meshing as a team. It has been a fun experience getting to know the new faces and reunite with the returners.”
Wakefield is one of three seniors that Newell believes are proven leaders and great players. The other two are middle blocker Haley Motley and libero Kelsey Davault. Motley led the Eagles in nearly all offensive categories as a junior, while Davault led the Eagles in digs and aces.
Newell described Wakefield, “Caitlin leads by example on and off the court. She gives 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.” That work ethic inspires the younger players to work just as hard as her.
Also, Motley was described as being the leader who makes everyone feel welcome. Newell stated, “Haley never meets a stranger, and she does a good job of making new players feel welcome and being a vocal leader on the court.”
Newell believes that Davault is taking advantage of her last season of volleyball. He stated, “It is like she understands this is her last opportunity to play volleyball, and she is going to take advantage of it.”
Newell is hopeful that the team’s strengths will be defensive and serve-receive. He has added a student-assistant in Chelsey Politte. Politte is a defensive specialist and has played for the Eagles each of the last two seasons.
Joe Baldwin will also be returning as assistant coach for the Lady Eagles. He noted, “I am excited. I believe we have a good squad with unlimited potential. If we work hard, we will achieve our goals.”
WBC’s first home volleyball game will be September 9 at 4:30 pm. They will be competing in a double header versus Central Baptist College.
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