Fall 2015 brings many new things to the University of Dallas, including a new season for women’s volleyball. Coach Holombek returns this season for her second year with the team. Other key returning players are seniors Jaime Birzer and Catherine Dowgwillo, who have been integral to UD’s volleyball program for the past three years and hope to finish their time here with a bang. Holombek has also brought in seven new players, including five freshmen, to fill the gap that Dowgwillo and Birzer will be leaving behind.
With regard to the new players and new coach, junior libero Jessie Koster said, “We have a lot of new freshmen who will be big assets to the team. Everyone is comfortable with Holombek and we are looking forward to pushing ourselves even further than last year.”
Due to UD’s recent fall class schedule changes, all fall sports teams had to shorten their preseason from two weeks of eligible practice to one week. This change put a lot of increased pressure on Holombek to bring together a winning team of players, both old and new, in a much shorter amount of time.
With all of the new additions to the team and the changes to their schedule, the team will be challenged to perform well during the 2015 season. Koster noted that the volleyball team finished fourth in their conference and had an impressive 23-13 record. She believes that, based on the growth of the team and through the influx of new talent, UD can win the entire conference.
This optimism and confidence will come in handy when UD faces off against last year’s champion, Trinity University, and runner-up, Southwestern University, in the same day, on Sept. 27 at Trinity University. Although this will be Dallas’ first true test of character, they will also be able to prove their mettle in the next four weeks of competition. Their first opportunity to do so will be here at the Maher Center on Sept. 1 against Dallas Christian College at 6:30 p.m.