UMD VB Nationally Ranked Heading into the Preseason

Updated: 08/18/2014 10:48 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 10:40 PM
By: Alec Ausmus

Last season, the Bulldogs won over thirty matches on the volleyball court including a clean sweep over the seven-time defending national champions from Concordia-St. Paul in the conference tournament. It comes as no surprise that the 2014 UMD team enters the season ranked number three in the country.

Senior, team captain Julie Rainey said, "Our goals are to make it to the regional tournament again, and get out of the regional tournament. I've been here for five years and there is nothing more that I want then to make it to the national tournament. I think that is everyone's goal. We wouldn't be out here playing if that wasn't our goal."

"A lot of the experiences. The big wins, the big losses. Being in that moment and understanding what they did or didn't do in those moments, that's huge," Head coach Jim Boos said. "Having thirteen starters back having six starters back, you know we aren't teaching from ground level."

Junior, All American Ashley Hinsch said, "just to do what we have always kind of done at this program. Have a high level and make it farther in the playoffs, hopefully get that next level. We have always made it far but always fall short a little bit."

The Bulldogs start conference play September 16th at St Cloud State University. Their conference home opener is September 19th against the Mustangs from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Jim Boos, UMD Head Coach

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