2016 was a year of excellence for the SLCC Bruins Volleyball team, but they’re coming back just as hungry in 2017.
The Bruins finished last season ranked fifth in the nation after going 5-1 in the postseason and winning the Region 18 Championship. Head coach Sue Dulaney was also awarded her first AVCA West Region Coach of the Year award.
“We have a target on our back this fall,” Dulaney says. The success of last season will not make the staff or team complacent as they look forward to the upcoming season. She says they are ready for the challenge.
Assistant athletic director Paul Marble, who evaluates every team year in and year out, expects this team to play at the same level as last year. “I think they will compete to win a region championship again,” he says. “That’s what we do.”
The new Bruins’ freshman class will join the team this season featuring a mix of exceptional players from all over the country along with some high caliber local recruits. A talented core of sophomores also return from last season, including key players like To’a Faleao and Aubrie Steiner, who coach Dulaney calls a “dynamic athlete.”
Marble praises Coach Dulaney and assistant coach Scott Keister on their ability to recruit skilled young players. “They’re going to be some high-flying girls and they’re going to get up and do a nice job,” he says.
SLCC finished last season 27-8 overall and 8-2 in conference. They faced off against rival College of Southern Idaho (CSI), the reigning 2015 National Champion, in the Region 18 Final and were victorious. Three Bruins made the 2016 All-Tournament team, including Tournament MVP Andrea Brady.
The Bruins open the 2017 season against University of Montana Western on Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Lifetime Activities Center at Taylorsville Redwood Campus.