Saturday, September 28, 2013

New additions bring great beginnings

By Corrine McCallum
Cardinal Staff

With a couple of wins under their belts, the Saint Mary’s somen’s volleyball team is looking to be one of the teams to beat in the MIAC.

With a young team consisting of two seniors, the team is still learning about each other’s game.

“It has been an adjustment having such a young team but it teaches everyone, including myself, that new skills bring promising outcomes,” said outside hitter Jenna Sullivan.

Along with many incoming freshmen and a few transfer students, joining the team is new assistant coach Jackie Jones.

“She wants to make the team better as a whole and yet improve each player individually,” said Sullivan.

Prior to coaching Saint Mary’s, Jones was an assistant coach at Luther College.

One of the many additions to the team include sophomore Macki Fadness. She came into Saint Mary’s as a Women’s Hockey player and is now a two-sport student athlete joining volleyball because she wanted a challenge.

“Right now it’s easy being a two-sport athlete because I am only in one season (volleyball season), but if you ask me this question at the end of October it will probably be a different story,” said Fadness.

According to teammates, Fadness is a great addition to the volleyball family. “She brings enthusiasm and competition to the team,” said Sullivan.

Fadness has been an effective addition to the team with 15 kills in one of first games she played in.

“I love both [volleyball and hockey],” said Fadness. “They are so different from each other it is hard to compare,” she said.

The team, along with Sullivan and Fadness, hopes to bring more wins and keep their season alive.

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