Coach Enright reflects on first semester accomplishments

Sarah Dedrick, #5, and Rebecca Petrie, #4, stuff block a Concordia University of Edmonton player on Friday, November 29th. Vikings beat the Concordia Thunder three sets to none.
Sarah Dedrick, #5, and Rebecca Petrie, #4, stuff block a Concordia University of Edmonton player on Friday, November 29th. Vikings beat the Concordia Thunder three sets to none.

We sat down with Women's Volleyball Head Coach, Steve Enright, and asked a few questions about the first have of the 2019-2020 season.

How have you seen the team and their progress so far this season?

The team is progressing nicely. We are constantly working on efficiencies in our offense and being a complete unit. We are primed for a successful second half of the season.

What were some of the important match-ups, and how did you do?

We are currently 3rd in the North at 8-4. We lost key matches to Lakeland College Rustlers and The King's Universtiy Eagles. We learn from those and move forward!

Any notable events from this past semester?

We had our most successful semester in team history at 8-4. We also working hard to create community connections and alumi growth. We had an incredibly successful Pub Nite, high school tournament and youth volleyball camp. 

What are some significant stats that the ladies have right now?

Fifth year right side Rae Metrunec and her spike serve is 3rd in the province in service aces per set. Third year setter Sarah Dedrick and her soft hands are 5th in the province in assists per set. Lauren Van Dyke, our fifth year middle, is 5th in the North for blocks per set. We were also ranked 8th Nationally for the first few weeks of the season, which is the a first for the program. 

What are some of the significant graduating Athlete contributions?

We have several graduating athletes contributing to our success in a big way. Rae Metrunec is coming off her All-Conference selection last year and continues to lead the team in kills. Lauren Van Dyke is a fantastic blocker and exceptional server. Rebecca Petrie, also an All-Conference selection last year, continues to grow her offensive game. Fourth Year setter Karen Wagner is working really hard to come back from a tough ankle injury that has kept her sidelined the majority of the first half.  

Any significant rookie contributions so far this season?

There have been some really awesome contributions for the freshman this season. Libero, Becca Olenick, has stepped into the starter role for the entire first half of the season as Veteran Libero Dani Brockman recovers from a concussion. Becca is 8th in the province in digs/set and is a consistent passer. Freshman leftside Addi Wolosuk has started in several matches and has several player of game awards to show for her solid play. In general, we are super excited about group of Freshman this year. 

What will you be focusing on next semester?

Next semester we will continue to put ourselves under the right conditions to grow as a team. Also, getting healthy! 

What you hope to see your team accomplish next semester?

We want to play good ball each night. We feel that when we control our controllables, we are really tough. 

What special events are you looking forward to next semester?

We are competing in the University of Alberta Christmas Tournament in Edmonton. We will be competing against the Grant MacEwan Griffins, University of Regina Cougars and the University of Alberta Pandas. We hope to be at the 2020 ACAC Women's Volleyball Championships in Medicine Hat February 27th - 29th, and the 2020 CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championships in Quebec City March 11-13th.