by HOLLY NELSON
The UMD volleyball team celebrated yet another victory Nov. 5 in Romano Gymnasium during a match against the University of Minnesota Crookston.
With a final score of 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15), UMD was ranked second (23-3 overall, 15-2 Northern Sun) in the nation's Division II volleyball league after the match.
"They've played well during some big moments," said the team's Head Coach, Jim Boos. "When you win the close ones, your record tends to get better."
The match started out slow, due to what the players and coach believed to be a lack of energy. While the outcome of the game appeared uncertain during the first set of the match, the Bulldogs kicked up their energy for the second and third set which led to a very welcomed win after the team's unfortunate loss to the top-ranked team, Concordia University, Nov. 2.
April Hansen, a junior and middle blocker on the team, said that the players began the match using their technical skills to succeed, but used the team's energy for the final push to win in the second and third set.
"We are a team that relies on our energy," said Hansen. She added that while energy can be the team's greatest asset, like during Friday's match, it can also be their greatest weakness.
"For a home match, I think we started a little sluggish. It was not as crisp or sharp as I'd like," said Boos.
While the match wasn't exactly what Boos would have liked, the team was happy to add another win to its almost undefeated season.
Hansen administered 10 impressive kills during the match and proved to be a very valuable player to the team. Allison Fanta, the team's libero, was also a key player during the match as she kept the team on track during tough passes by making remarkable leaps that kept the ball in play.
During the last set, Kate Lange, a freshman on the team, pounded an impressive spike that served as a great source of energy for not only the players, but also the many loyal fans cheering in the stands.
After the victory, dedicated friends and family of the athletes joined the players on the court for a celebration of the team's successful season.
The team will play its last official season game at home Nov. 6 in Romano Gymnasium against Minnesota State University-Moorhead at 3 p.m.