By VERONICA RATES, Guest Reporter
There are a lot of new and exhilarating things coming to the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team for the 2014 season. A new head coach and a very young team make this upcoming season one to look forward to.
After a rough season last year (10-34, 1-10), the Wolverines are looking ahead and eager to get out and start on this new chapter for the volleyball program.
First-year head coach Eric Stark has big plans for this season and the Lady Wolverines.
“This team wants it, I mean they want it, they want it now,” Stark said. “They’re willing to work hard for it.”
Out of the 14 girls that are on the team’s roster, 12 are returning players from last season; three of which are returning seniors as well.
“We have the potential with the coaching; it’s a really good mix I think for this team to come up and go into the new season with new mindset”, said sophomore Raechel Warchock, who redshirted last season.
The volleyball team is losing a few players from last season, including Nia Martin, but for Stark, he’s not too worried about the past.
“You know, I haven’t looked back too much. I’ve just kind of looked forward with this group,” he said.
Tryouts were held a few weeks ago and setter Kelly Merkle, a sophomore, was brought onto the squad. She is a transfer from University of Northwestern Ohio.
Rebecca Carley, entering her senior and final season as a Lady Wolverine, is looking forward to the new scenery of a new coach and how it is going to change the pace of the team.
“I’m excited to try our new techniques in games and see what the differences were from how we did it the old way to how we do it the new way”, she said.
The team had their alumni match last weekend, and although came out with a loss, it got the Lady Wolverines excited and ready to take on the 2014 season. The season starts this weekend with the team’s first tournament at home followed by their first individual matchup at Indiana Tech the week after.
Expectations are high and the drive to win is in full force for the upcoming volleyball season, but the Lady Wolverines are sticking to Stark’s plan.
“Focusing on who we are and staying true to that,” he said. “The wins will come.”