By: Alyssa Kerry
The move from the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) into the Heart of America Conference (HAAC) may be just what the William Penn volleyball team needs to kick things into gear. Head coach, Jennifer Carlson, says that although the MCC had their share of good teams, the HAAC just has a little more depth with three or four really good teams and multiple that show a lot of potential.
The 2015-16 season marks the biggest recruiting class for Coach Carlson, bringing in 20 new girls. With the team introducing a plethora of new players to collegiate athletics, William Penn volleyball may find themselves spending the year rebuilding their ever-growing team. Senior Leyra Jusino (Bayamon, P.R., Biology) believes that the new players will initiate some competition among the team, and believes that
each team member will have an opportunity to compete for every position. “We did not have that last year since we had so many injured players so if someone was messing up we would just work around it, this year we actually have people that can replace whoever is struggling” said Jusino. The higher level of competition between the players on the team as well as the change in the drill intensity and frequency, all contribute to the basics of rebuilding, and will create a faster tempo in their game.
After recovering from a record of 2-30 overall (0-6 MCC) the Lady Statesmen have already started the season off better than they ended the last with a 2-12 record thus far. The team enters this season with a more positive outlook on what this season bring according to Head Coach Carlson, who enters her third season with the Statesmen. With pre-season going well and everyone staying positive it appears what happened last year is in the past. “For now it is all about not worrying about the other