By Suzie Roth
Co-Managing and Advertising Editor
The members of the Saint Mary’s University volleyball team have their sights set on a return trip to the NCAA National Volleyball Tournament, and according to Head Coach Mike Lester, the team has given themselves an opportunity to do just that.
Last year’s squad earned a spot in the national tournament through very strong non-conference play. The Cardinals found success in St. Louis as they advanced to the second round, but lost to eventual national champion Washington University.
With a 2010 team comprised of a good returning core – seven of whom are returning seniors – the team dynamic is strong. Lester described the team as being one with a “selfless attitude, where the team comes first and no member is in it for herself.” Lester also noted that team members challenge each other to get better.
This team camaraderie has only been strengthened with the carryover from last year’s NCAA postseason experience, in which fourteen of the team’s current players experienced the excitement of the tournament.
The SMU volleyball team is continually being ranked among the top 25 college volleyball teams in the nation, which Lester feels is easy to see in the talent, determination and enthusiasm the members and coaches of this team share.
“Consistent play is key for the remaining matches in the season and [they are] critical to postseason play in the NCAA tournament,” said Lester.
The Cardinal volleyball team will play their final home match on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. against Gustavus Adolphus College. The game is also “Senior Day.”