Cru volleyball set for another successful season

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells

With an impressive 8-3 record to start the 2016 season, Cru Volleyball has already made their mark. After going undefeated at the Austin College Invitational Tournament in Sherman, Texas, Cru volleyball has struggled a bit, but Head Coach Rob Frost is optimistic looking forward to the rest of the season.
“We’ve played some very good teams,” Frost said. “I feel we are learning fast and have competed well. We have a young group of players taking up most of our starting line up, so I like our upside as we keep working hard.”
While it is still early in the season, Coach Frost is confident that this year’s team, while young, has already proved that they have what it takes to make it all the way to the end.
“We have a great upside with very athletic players,” Frost said. “We are still young and need to keep learning and growing. The core of our team needs to play together longer. We should get a lot better as we go through this season together, and next year as we return a lot of players who have been together.”
Frost and the rest of the team have set high expectations of what they hope to accomplish this season, both on and off the court.
“Our goals every year are to win the ASC championship, get to the NCAA Tournament either by winning the ASC championship or receiving an at large bid, and win a national championship,” Frost said.
“Aside from winning, we want to use athletics as a platform for ministry. If we can use volleyball to honor God or point someone to Christ, then that is a bigger success than all the wins.”
Captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have stepped up as leaders on the team and have played a huge role in the success of this season.
“We are very balanced, everyone contributes significantly, and this is a strength for us,” Frost said. “We are a strong team because everyone works hard at their role. Our captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have been great leaders for this team. They are easy to follow because they are great teammates and also play a great game on the court. “
Senior outside hitter Abby Voskuil, who won ASC West Division Offensive Player of the Week earlier this month, is pleased overall with this season so far and has high hopes for what is to come.
“This season has been tough, yet fun. Every year is a new team and new girls are added, and we are all really getting along great,” Voskuil said. “We have also put in a lot of work into season already, and are still getting better. This year we have a really strong support base between all the girls and even their parents. That’s something that we have all really appreciated.”
As any young team does, the Cru have faced the challenges that come with less experience. But Voskuil and the other upperclassmen hope to come together to lead their team to victory.
“Just really having only three upperclassman is a challenge for any team.Therefore, we need to learn how to help and teach everyone else.”

Author: Geri Wissink

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