With two outright sweeps against West Plains and Casper, the Bruins showed they can hang with the best of them and why they rank an outstanding sixth in the nation.
In the match against Eastern Arizona, the Bruins did not hesitate to come out strong scoring 25-19, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19.
Stand out player Janessa Koeliker had 12 kills and a hit for a very respectable percentage of .550. Freshman Ailin Donati turned in 45 assists.
Glory came when SLCC entered the last game with aggression against Casper College. The Bruins steamrolled the T-Birds in a sweep. Carol Grasso dove for 16 digs while adding a pair of service aces, and Ailin Donati added five kills from the setter position.
Sophomore middle hitter Jillian Campell hit a very high percentage of .750 and partner in battle Sequoia Lofton hit for a smooth .666 percentage in the win.
The Bruins displayed a combination of hard work, dedication, and unity over the weekend.
“Working as a team and being unified has led us to this point,” says sophomore defensive specialist Indigo Allen.
The Bruins are set in motion and look forward to a bright and exciting season. They plan on reaching their goals by staying focused and maintaining a high level of camaraderie.
“It takes sacrifice and discipline on and off the court. It’s not just playing; it’s what you are doing off the court that makes you a real champion,” says Allen.
The Bruins motivation for the season is a national championship, and they will do whatever it takes to get there.
“We want a national championship, and we want to host a region. That’s our motivation,” says sophomore outside hitter Bailee Kendall.