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Volley-Fall

11/01/2014 - 2:45 AM

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With teams like UMD and Concordia in conference; the NSIC is unquestionably one of the toughest in DII Volleyball

 Volley-FALL:

St. Cloud State Volleyball opened the season winning 3 of the 4 games at both the Rollins College Tournament and the NSIC Challenge. The 6-2 stretch included sweeps over Minot State (3-0) and the University of Minnesota-Crookston (3-0). The Huskies would then lose in their home opener against the University of Minnesota-Duluth before winning their 7th game of the season against the University of Sioux Falls on November 19th. Since this time, the Huskies have failed to win a single match and over the course of this 14 match losing streak, the Huskies have won only 5 sets (and haven’t forced a fifth set once). As if to illustrate how far the Huskies have plummeted over the course of the past month and a half, the last home stand featured losses to UM-Crookston (0-3), Minot State (0-3) and a University of Mary team that came into the match with a 3-18 record on the year (1-3).

Now why has the team fallen so far from where it began the season? There are many possible reasons, and perhaps no one right answer, but here are a few of the possibilities: Head Coach Michelle Blaeser has been put under investigation by the university for an, as of yet, unknown reason. St. Cloud State also plays in arguably the best conference in Division II Volleyball with perennial powerhouse opponents like 7-time National Champion Concordia University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Southwest Minnesota State University, Wayne State, and Augustana College (all of which have been ranked in the top 25 at some point this season). In addition to these reasons, the Huskies have experienced some key injuries over the course of the season. Most notably the injury to sophomore outside hitter Shannon Klink. This left the Huskies to floundering offensively as they tried to find a go-to attacker to assist senior outside hitter Kaitlin Doughty.

Now these aren’t the only factors that could have played a role in the losing streak, but they certainly haven’t helped matters. So how does the team prepare for the rest of the games this season? It certainly won’t be easy (as they will face Augustana, Wayne State, and Southwest Minnesota State University before the seasons end), but there may be some good news on that front. Shannon Klink did return to action on Tuesday against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Though she only played in one set and didn’t manage any notable stats, it is a good sign to see Klink returning to the lineup. If she can make a full recovery and return to her natural rotation next season it will certainly give the Huskies a lift offensively and defensively (Klink has averaged 2.5 kills/set and 2.3 digs/set this season). Another bright spot is freshman outside hitter Isabella Nelson. Nelson has been given the bulk of the responsibility of filling in for Shannon Klink, and as time has gone on you can see she is getting more comfortable on the court and playing better each match. Lastly, the team is only graduating two seniors at the end of this season. On the downside, both seniors play a key role on the team. Kaitlin Doughty leads the team in kills and Erin Ohlemann has done a masterful job as the setter all season (she has been ranked in the top 10 in the NSIC all year). Over the offseason the Huskies will have to address these losses in order to continue to progress toward contender ship in the NSIC.

One thing that needs to be improved is the defense. Coming into the weekend’s matchups against Augustana and #12 Wayne State, the Huskies are ranked 15th in the NSIC in opponents hitting percentage (.229), 14th in digs (14.6/set), and 14th in blocks (1.63/set). They will need to find replacements at the setter position and a consistent outside hitter to go along with Shannon Klink for next year. And finally, they need to regain the staffing stability that they have had over the past few years before the investigation of Coach Blaeser.

The Huskies will next be in action against Augustana College on Halloween night at 7pm in Halenbeck Hall and against #12 Wayne State College on November 1st at 4pm. The games will be on the KVSC Sports Stream on a tape-delayed basis next week.

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