The volleyball team is midway through their season and going strong.

By Bria Warren, Staff Writer

After what first-year head coach Kelsey Herber described as an “incredible start” to the season and a bit of a rough patch, the Foresters are on an uphill climb. They recently won two conference matches on the road and played competitively against #22-ranked Marian University. 

“We are currently seventh in the Crossroads League with the intent of continuing to climb the ladder in rankings,” said Herber.

However, Herber isn’t putting the emphasis on winning every match.

“After having a goal-setting meeting, the girls decided that our goals would be … fearlessness, accountability, communication, togetherness, [and] self-discipline,” she said. 

These five goals have resulted in improved ability to defend soft shots, serve aggressively, and keep a positive mentality where the girls never count themselves out of a match.

“One area we are currently growing in is beginning a match with an energy and enthusiasm that carries through the entire match,” Herber said.

Regardless of wins and losses, Herber emphasized her team’s character and relationships on and off the court. She described the team’s idea to deliver popsicles to other sports teams on campus after practices and noted the significance of building relationships with one another and the other teams. 

“Each one [of the girls] represents God’s beauty in a unique way,” said Herber. “These girls truly love and trust one another, which has impacted their play within the four lines of the court.”

As the team heads into the second half of the season, Herber is optimistic.

“With the foundation of a relationship with Christ and each other, accompanied with [our] goals, the sky is the limit for this team.”