By Bontã Hill
As the program continues to grow, the women’s volleyball team becomes more of a threat to the competition with each passing season. This year was one of the best seasons in the team’s history, leading the Rams to their second playoff berth in four years.
Besides the ups and down as a team, Head Volleyball Coach Ed Parker is very proud the way the season went. The Rams ended the season with a 17-12 record after a first round playoff loss to Sierra College.
“This team team is one of the best I ever coached,” said Parker. “Besides the team’s determination to win, they set their differences aside and set their sights on becoming a team and family.”
Coming into the season, Parker’s expectations for his team were to play hard and improve communication. After accomplishing these goals, Parker was grateful for this team, and is looking forward to working hard for the upcoming 2009 season.
What’s next for the volleyball program?
“Recruiting,” said Parker. “We’re looking forward to our spring and summer off-season training. The off-season is where we build our players and foundation.”
Sophomores Amanda Ly, Dana Lee, Cynthia Osorio, Ululau Malepeai and Poelele Malepeai will all be missed next season, but with making the playoffs, Parker feels the foundation has been set.
Parker felt his team could have been more consistent in its confidence, which he felt was due to the lack of experience of some team members. But as the season went on, the team became more confident and improved their communication.
“If I can rate our team’s progression this season from one to ten, it would be a ten no doubt,” said Parker. (217)