The 2011 women’s volleyball team at Salt Lake Community College is already showing signs of success. The Lady Bruins are currently 9-3 on the season, with conference play beginning in late September. The roster consists of 14 players, including nine freshmen that were added in the offseason. Entering her fourth year as head coach is Sue Dulaney, who led the 2010 squad to a 28-8 record.
As far as transitioning from last year’s group and style of play, determination and reliance help to define this year’s squad. “There’s been a lot of learning going on,” coach Dulaney explained. “I think it takes a lot of repetitions before they start to understand what they’re doing wrong so they can fix it and make it right.”
It helps to have a little experience on the team, and the second-year players give guidance to the newcomers. “Our sophomores definitely have set the tone,” Dulaney said. “I think they’ve really pushed our freshmen and they have done a great job of telling ‘em what it takes to be a Bruin volleyball player.”
Because each player understands the game in her own way, the new players always have something new to offer. “Our freshman are super competitive,” Dulaney said. “They’ve got great personalities.”
As a group, the players are looking forward to conference play, which begins September 23. Prior to that, SLCC will continue to test its strength against top-ranked teams. Last weekend they travelled to Houston, Texas, where they went 2-2 on the trip.
In terms of season goals, the Lady Bruins want to win the conference, as that will allow them to host the conference tournament at the end of the regular season. “Where we go depends upon who is the winner of the conference,” Dulaney explained. “Hopefully, that’s us. We’d like to stay home; we love our crowds and we like having our family come watch, and friends.”
If success is found at the conference tournament, a repeat appearance at nationals would be the next step toward a great season.
Although the season is fresh, both the players and coaches know that every game counts. “How we do now sets us up for that because our conference is tough,” Dulaney explained. For SLCC, each weekend puts them up against a top-ranked team. Between now and the time for conference play, each game should be an opportunity for the team to face a challenge and learn from it.
In terms of college play, SLCC is third in the nation right now. “We’d like to stay there; we have a big target on our backs and I think that’s gonna refocus us a little bit… and I think it’ll give us confidence, too.”
SLCC’s next home game is also the conference opener, Friday, September 23 against North Idaho College at 7:00 p.m. College of Southern Idaho comes to town a day later at 3:00 p.m.The games will be held at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus and are free with a OneCard.
For a complete profile listing of each player and team schedule, visit www.slccbruins.com.