Womenƒ?TMs Volleyball makes bid for MIAC playoffs

By Daniel Kerwin

Women’s Volleyball stepped it up after coming off a three game losing streak in the MIAC by finishing 2-2 in the Iowa Minnesota Border Battle on Oct. 6-7. After losing consecutively against Hamline, Concordia-Moorhead, and St. Thomas the women shut out both Luther (IA.) and Dubuque (IA.) at the tournament. Lauren Eberhart ’07 slammed 8 kills in the team’s final match with Luther to become Macalester’s all time leader in career kills with a total of 1, 267.
As of now the Scots are 9-9 on the season, with a MIAC record of 2-4. In the past two games combined, Sonia Muzikarova ’09 led with 36 kills, Kari Tanaka ’08 led with 83 sets, Marie Godwin ’10 led with 23 digs, and both Muzikarova and Kate Fahje ’08 led with 3 aces.

The Volleyball season is now reaching its climax, with Mac finding itself in the midst of a tense playoff race. With two wins and their remaining five MIAC games, the Volleyball team hopes to qualify for the MIAC playoffs. The Scots are currently ranked eight out of twelve in the MIAC and hope to finish in the top 5 at the championships this year. What can the Macalester student body do to help them achieve their goal? “It’s so much fun to play in front of a great crowd,” Eberhart said. Get the hint?
With only three home games remaining, the Volleyball team needs to get as much out of their home-court advantage as they can to conquer their MIAC opponents.
“We want a pep band to come to our senior night,” Andrea Hansen ’07 said along with Eberhart and Stephanie Nelson ’07, who form a trio of seniors on the team. Considering that in the last home game Concordia-Moorhead outscored the Scots one pep band to none, it becomes apparent that this is a pressing matter, for the team.
Hansen describes this year’s team as having “had more success” than last year, pointing out that their victories this year usually have come in a tidy three sets instead of dragging into a full 5 sets as they often did last year.

The two freshmen on the team, Erin Cusac ’10 and Marie Godwin ’10 were both captains of their respective high school teams. “I’ve never been a part of a team that has as good of chemistry as this one,” Godwin,” said.

“It’s a thrill a minute,” Cusac adds.
The Scots continue their conference action today against Carleton.