MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) -The MSU volleyball team is in the middle of a three-game winning streak with those victories all coming against nationally-ranked opponents.
We caught up with the 12–5 Mavericks where preparation is key in the tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
“We have girls out here every single day who work their butts off. We couldn’t give enough credit to the coaches either. They’re doing drills, preparing us day in and day out for our matches and that’s why we have so much success. We have effort every day, from every person no matter what their role is,” said Joie Veldman, MSU senior.
The Mavericks’ hard work is paying off with wins over No. 24 Sioux Falls, No. 9 SMSU and No. 19 Upper Iowa.
“These last three games don’t define us, just like the losing streak of four didn’t define us. It’s the way we get in here practicing that gives us confidence, not wins,” said Anissa Janzig, MSU senior.
MSU competes in one of the toughest conferences in the nation, as eight teams from the NSIC were ranked in the latest AVCA Poll, whcih means every game is going to be a test for the Mavericks.
“Every day in practice you know you have to work hard because no matter who you’re playing that weekend, they’re going to bring it. It’s really exciting. I wouldn’t want to play in any other conference. It’s fun having that competition across the net from you every single weekend. It brings out the best in us, it’s a good time,” said Janzig.
“You can look at the NSIC season as a grind, it can either wear you out, or polish you up. It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish, and through the daily competition where it’s tough, there’s no easy match. That’s one through 16 that it’s something that we benefit from at the end at tournament time where we’ll be able to handle those pressures,” said Lori Wollmuth, MSU head coach.
Through 17 games this season, the Mavericks have proven they can compete with any team on the schedule.
“I don’t think there’s anybody that wants to play us. In the end, we talk about keeping it simple. To win, you have to be better than the team you’re playing that day. There will be days that is us, and I’m sure there will be days that’s not us. That’s not what will define us, it’s going to be what will we become, are we going to get back to work. We have the athletes, we have the preparation, a winning mentality. It’s a great time to be a part of this program,” said Wollmuth.
The Mavericks are on the road this weekend with games against U–Mary and Minot State before returning to Bresnan Arena for a match–up with Northern State next Friday.