Doane’s volleyball team was picked to finish seventh in the conference by GPAC coaches this year.
According to the Doane Athletics website, the team finished with a 13-17 overall record (5-11 GPAC) last year and with the recent poll they know they have some work to do to get where they want to be.
Senior captain Alexis Dale said, “I don’t think we were struck by it because our season last year wasn’t the best, so we weren’t expecting to be top five.”
One of the team goals is to finish top three in the conference. The team believes it is not unreachable and something they are looking to attain.
Dale feels that the team has learned a lot from last year.
One thing she is excited about is how they can leave the past behind.
“Last year we had a problem digging ourselves in a hole and not being able to get ourselves out,” Dale said.
Dale said they are better at taking what they learn in previous games and applying it into the next.
Senior Kalie Horky thinks it is a big asset to the team that they are able to change what they need to do really fast.
Horky also feels like the team’s work ethic has improved. She feels that they came into fall camp much more prepared. They are all in-tune with each other, from the coaches, to the captains and to the rest of the squad.
The team took these strengths to the MidAmerica Nazarene University Invite this past weekend where they lost their first game 3 sets to 1, but went on to win their next 3 games (3-0, 3-0, and 3-1).
Dale said the first loss wasn’t bad but the team was working through some little things and trying to get on the same page.
After that, the team was much more comfortable being on the court with each other again and settled in.
While there were improvements in play from the beginning to the end of the tournament, Dale and Horky both agree that there is plenty of room to improve.
Dale thinks the team chemistry can be worked on, which will come from more time on the court with each other.
Horky thinks the team can really work on their communication on the court.
The Tigers are set to play again this weekend at the Bellevue Labor Day Classic against four different teams. First game is Friday Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. against Montana Tech of the University of Montana.