The volleyball team is seeking to return to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship for the first time in five years.
The women’s volleyball team is ranked 24th in NAIA. The team was undefeated in conference play until suffering a loss Saturday to Wayland Baptist.
“The team does not rely on odd superstitions for success,” Middle Blocker Holly Randall said. “We always have a time before a game to work on our serving and passing to help us get ready to play, and when there is exactly one hour until game time we always pray together as a team.”
The team’s conferencetournament is Nov. 13-15. Their performance at the conference will determine if they will continue on to the NAIA Championship in December.
Volleyball has not gone to the opening rounds of nationals since 2010.
“From the beginning of this season, being first in the conference was our team’s expectation so I’m happy with that,” Senior Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter Victoria Leisure said. “I am thrilled to be ending my time here at OCU with such a skilled and fun team, and I am excited to make the trip to Sioux City for nationals.” Franziska Harms, acting sophomore, said the team is a hard work- ing group, and she enjoys attending their games.
“Their games are interesting,” she said. “Volleyball is not a sport that I’m terribly familiar with but it’s fun to watch.The team gives you a lot to cheer for and they always put a lot of effort into their games.”
A full schedule of the team’s upcoming games is available online at ocusports.com.