Wayne State College volleyball navigates ‘extremely young’ team

WAYNE, Neb. - The Wayne State College volleyball team looks completely different this year.

"We're extremely young," said Head Coach Scott Kneifl.

Many collegiate athletes were stripped of a season due to the pandemic. As a result, some are returning for an extra season of play.

But the Wildcats are starting the season without a single senior.

"We have ten freshmen basically, we have four sophomores and one junior," said Kneifl.

Kneifl said all five of the seniors chose not to use their COVID-19 years. 

"Three got into med school and two got into graduate school," said Kneifl. "So it was definitely time for them to move on and it's pretty hard for us to ask them to stay for another year." 

Sophomore Rachel Walker is one of a handful of players returning.

"The past couple of years we've had the same people," said Walker. "So getting this new group is exciting but it's also kind of trying to figure out how to work those kinks out."

The Wildcats started two-a-days Monday, and will continue them through the week until school starts.

All in preparation for the schedule ahead that starts up in Dallas next month.

"Then the following weekend we go to the Premier in Denver which is only top 25 for Division II teams so our schedule is as tough as it gets, but that's the way we want it," said Kneifl. "We want to find out what we have and what we need to work on."

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