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These Girls are on Fire! Women’s Volleyball Team Enjoys Success

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At Siena Heights, it seems that when one team is enjoying success, the community enjoys it as well. Lately, there’s been excitement on campus for the women’s volleyball team.

Winning four games in a row is sure to catch the interest of people, and the volleyball team has done just that. With four Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference wins under their belt, the women are trying to extend their streak and said they love the support they’ve had at Siena so far this season.

“I think we’ve had much more support the past two years than before. I hope people keep coming to watch us play because we definitely feed off of the energy in the gym from our crowds,” said junior Julie Bonk.

With a 10-3 record, the Saints said they are feeling confident and intimidating. Putting away Davenport, Concordia, Marygrove and Lawrence Tech not only gets them noticed by fellow peers, but also intimidates other opponents in the conference.

“I’m very proud of my team for the progress we’ve made the past three years. We’ve made a name for ourselves in the conference, and that’s something we’re proud of also,” said Bonk.

It is noted that the Saints are beating teams they have struggled with in the past. This shift in results can be explained by an invigorated roster.

“We are competing with teams we haven’t been able to in the past while building our program to be stronger,” Bonk said. “This year we have a new team compared to last year. We have more new transfers/freshman than we did returners, but each and every one of them brought something we needed to the team.”

The past three seasons have been progressively better. In 2013, their record was 14-14. The next year they ended the season with a record of 18-14. Then, in 2015, the Saints concluded the season with a record of 21-11.

“Since 2013, we have had many drastic changes to our program, and all of them have gone in our favor. Coach (Kim) Berrington was hired into the program spring of 2015 and much of our success can be directed towards her. She has given us the building blocks to make the program what it is today and ideally to keep this program on this upward drive,” said veteran player Abby Whitehead.

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