New volleyball coach brings optimism to preseason

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University of Dallas sophomore Mary Goodykoontz does a drill during a preseason practice. Photo by Anthony Mazur.

Preseason has finally ended and the University of Dallas volleyball team has its eye on the prize for the 2017 season.  

Kelli Trautmann is heading into her first season as head coach of the Crusaders.

The team has nine returners, two of whom, Diana Hassink and Mary Scholz, are senior leaders. They also have six freshmen. With the newcomers, the team was able to find two new middles and a couple of defensive specialists (DS), as well as two big hitters.  

Preseason is all about hard work, and showing the coach who worked hard over the summer to stay fit and ready to play for the upcoming season. In those preseason practices Trautmann saw good things. She was fortunate enough to have a group of girls with a good work ethic.

“The girls were actually in a lot better shape than they were in spring season, which is good, and shows that they were all working out,” Trautmann said.

Hassink, a team leader, thought that “preseason was a lot of hard work and sweat, but I’m really glad the team hit the ground running this preseason, because I feel more prepared for our first game on Sept. 1.”

This preseason Trautmann mentioned that she focused on a lot of ball control, along with defense and blocking, “because that is kind of (the team’s) weakness, and (they) are trying to strengthen that so we are ready to go for our first tournament.”  

The volleyball team has its two opening games this Friday, Sept. 1 against LaGrange College at 1 p.m. and LeTourneau University at 5 p.m. at Millsaps College.

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