Mount Marty volleyball looks to take the next wave this year with six newcomers and zero seniors.
The Lancers, 3-26 last year, open their season tonight (Tuesday) at home against Presentation at 7:30 p.m. at Cimpl Arena.
“We suffered some significant injuries early on last year. It was a very difficult season and an uphill battle all year,” said fifth-year head coach Frank Hebenstreit.
This Lancers squad will be looking to start three of its six freshman newcomers out on the floor right away. Freshman Amber Miller will takeover the center position, along with twin sisters Gabby and Alex Ruth taking over the outside and right hitter positions for the Lancers.
Unique to years past, this Lancers squad will not have a single senior on the roster.
Hebenstreit stated that this will be no cause for lack of leadership though. According to Hebenstreit the Lancer squad will stage two players, Elizabeth Watchorn and Mikaela Ahrendt, who will be in their third straight years of being in starter positions. Both received honorable mention honors for the Great Plains Athletic conference (GPAC) last year.
“They are our team leaders, and everybody looks up to them,” Hebenstreit said.
The two other returning starters will be Caitlin Dirks and Bret Woelber.
“We have four returning starters, that is good core strength to build from,” Hebenstreit said.
Hebenstreit said the energy for the team and community has been positive and that overall the team’s culture has really improved.
“People worked really hard to move in a positive direction for this year, and I hope we can make it pay off,” he said.
Hebenstreit said he has some laid out some expectations for the team, but overall the team is just looking to put together a winning season with the difficulty of the GPAC this year.
“The GPAC is the premiere conference in the country. There are really some mental barriers we have to overcome for the team to move forward this year, but I think we are ready,” Hebenstreit said.
Hebenstreit said that what his team doesn’t have in size they make up in athleticism. Execution will be crucial, noted Hebenstreit.
“We are looking forward to this season. As a coach this has been a great group to work with, and hopefully our hard work will show this season,” he said.
2019 Season Schedule
Aug. 20 vs. Presentation 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 vs. Rochester ^ noon
vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene ^ 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24 vs. St. Francis ^ 11:30 a.m.
vs. Goshen ^ 2 p.m.
Aug. 31 vs. Avila * 2 p.m.
vs. U. of St. Mary * 6 p.m.
Sept. 1 vs. Graceland * noon
vs. Rob. Morris-Ill. * 2 p.m.
Sept. 4 vs. Briar Cliff 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 vs. Peru State # 3 p.m.
vs. Sterling # 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Mayville St. # 10 a.m.
vs. Bethel Coll. # 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 vs. Jamestown 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Northwestern 3 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs. York 6 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Dak. Wes. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Dordt 3 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Dakota State 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Briar Cliff 3 p.m.
Oct. 2 vs. Northwestern 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Dordt 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Jamestown 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Presentation 3 p.m.
Oct. 15 vs. Dakota St. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 vs. Dak. Wes. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Doane 5 p.m.
Oct. 25 vs. Midland 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 vs. Concordia 4 p.m.
Nov. 1 at Morningside 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Coll. of St. Mary 3 p.m.
Nov. 6 vs. Hastings 7:30 p.m.
^ - UMD Early Bird Class., Dearborn, Mich.
* - William Penn Tourn.
# - Peru State Tourn.