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Hamline volleyball team finishes season with record stats

Hamline’s volleyball team discusses their successes of this season, and their hopes for next year.

Sophie Skilbred, Reporter

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Hamline volleyball team killed its final game ending with higher stats than ever before. The team finished out the season with a bang, winning against Macalester College in three quick sets.

Coach of this all star season, Maggie Meixl, spoke on the teams successes saying that “not many teams get to end on a win”. She said teamwork and collaborative problem solving were the main factors for this successful season.

Meixl said “this year is completely new”, and to get the team moving in the right direction, upperclassmen teammates organized a lot of team bonding.

The recently ended season began in August, and since then the team has played 25 games. The teams ending statistics leaves them at 12 exhilarating wins and 13 hard fought losses for the season, showing huge improvement from the 6 wins and 24 losses in the 2017 women’s volleyball season at Hamline.

Sophomore and setter for Hamline’s Volleyball team, Megan Rubbelke said “We had a ton of newcomers who really helped the team. I think our highlight of the season would be finishing .500 for the year. Next season I’m hoping that we are able to increase our wins and be a little more competitive against teams”. Though the team did have a great season they fell only one game short of this goal.

Gina Kruse, Junior and defensive specialist agreed that the season went well, saying “we have a very new and young team so we have great talent”.

The team started off the season strong winning the first four games in a row. The hot streak ended towards the middle of September, where the team took a few losses, but they pulled it back together at the beginning of October, winning another 5 games in a row. The team took one more dip before rising up and claiming that final game, leveling out the season with a .480 winning percentage.

Over the course of the season the team attacked 3011 times delivering 994 kills. This comes out to an attack percentage of .180, and left the team with an average of 11.3 kills per set. The team finished the season with 927 assists averaging 10.5 assists per set.

Hamline’s volleyball team is statistically ahead of the curve with serve reception errors, only racking up a total of 140 errors over the course of the season. Opposing teams averaged at 178 serve receive errors across the season.

The team’s success does not end with impressive serve reception. Averaging at 180 aces served this season against opposing competitors 140, Hamline volleyball leads the way with a good serve. Additionally, the team finished out the season with only 142 serving errors, where opposing teams averaged at 154.

The team continues to strive for success and plans to raise the bar even higher for next season. Coach Maggie Meixl said she is excited to “get back in the gym with awesome athletes”, and looks forward to “moving in a positive direction.”

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