Volleyball drops two on weekend road trip
The University of Indianapolis’ volleyball team traveled to Drury University and Missouri S&T and found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
UIndy competed against the Missouri S&T Miners on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Greyhounds fell in four sets to the Miners (22-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15). Freshmen outside hitter Sarah Skinner led the Greyhounds with 14 kills. UIndy combined for a total of 53 kills.
On Friday, Sept. 25 UIndy faced the Drury Panthers. UIndy was swept by Drury in three sets (28-26, 25-15, 25-22). Junior middle blocker Becca Lira led the team with eight kills and 32 total attacks.
Prior to facing the Panthers, UIndy competed against Maryville University on Sept. 18 along with the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Sept. 19.
In its match against Missouri-St.Louis, UIndy defeated the Tritons in three straight matches, with the final scores 25-19, 25-19 and 25-22. The Greyhounds also defeated the Maryville University Saints in three matches, with the final scores 25-18, 25-23 and 25-21.
Between the two victories, Lira led the team with 31 kills and eight blocks. Junior setter Natalie Wichern led the team with 72 assists, and freshman libero Bri Heffernan led the team with 37 digs.
After the Greyhounds’ victory against Maryville, Head Volleyball Coach Jason Reed talked about his hopes for the team.
“Every year, we want to win our conference tournament,” Reed said. “We want to be our conference champions. So I don’t care that we have seven new freshmen; that goal remains unchanged. ”
With half the squad new to the program, this season is seen as a bit of a rebuilding phase, according to Reed. He said that the team has had to start from scratch, going all the way back to teaching the freshmen what it means to be a Greyhound, from learning the team culture to getting acquainted with the home court in Ruth Lilly. Reed said that all the needed talent is there to achieve the team’s goals, it just needs to be harnessed.
“I’m excited for when everything clicks. Because we have such a new group, there is going to come a time this season when it all falls into place,” Reed said. “We’re going to be scary good, and it’s going to be really fun to watch. So that’s more … what I’m looking forward to.”
Senior outside hitter Hailey Brown realizes that the team is younger but does not see that as a problem.
“It’s still volleyball. It’s the game that we love. So once we get out on the floor, nothing really changes,” Brown said.
One thing unique to this year’s squad is the overall positivity on the court, according to Brown.
“We’re always smiling, making a joke or something. We always have someone on the team that’s saying, ‘Hey, it’s OK; we’ll do good next time,’” Brown said. “It makes it a really good atmosphere, and I think that’s different than a lot of teams. So I’m proud to say that.”
Along with the atmosphere on the court, a good atmosphere in the stands is just as important.
“We love the support. We love when there are people here,” Reed said.
The Greyhounds’ next match will be Oct. 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside beginning at 8 p.m.