The Oles end their season with a 5-6 record in the MIAC and a 14-17 mark overall. The teams sub-500 record came as somewhat of a disappointment after the Oles 2002 campaign which saw them finish 9-2 and second in the MIAC.
The Oles had to battle back from its rocky start this season when it opened up MIAC play with three consecutive losse. Just a couple of weeks ago the team found themselves with a 2-5 conference record.
The girls enthusiasm for the game, however, contributed to their ability to bounce back.
Were a very young team and were still learning more about ourselves, Danica Finseth 06 said. Our team has seen many lineup changes as weve tried to figure out the best ways to motivate ourselves and make things click.
The teams turnaround began on Oct. 17 when the Oles upset St. Thomas 3-1. This performace was followed by another 3-2 victory against Hamline. The team capped off the stretch by sweeping St. Kates 3-0.
We were really focusing on aggressive serving, service receiving, and communication, Audrey Volstad 07 said. Everyone was playing for each other and having fun. This team just loves to compete and go for everything.
A competitive and fun-loving attitude is what sparked the teams chemistry.
There is nothing better than being surrounded by a dozen other people who love the game just as much as you do every day, whether at practice or at a game, Finseth said.
Although there wont be any more practices or games this season for the Oles and the team will be forced to say goodbye to senior co-captains Andrea Cuff and Andrea Drapcho, all may not be lost. The teams strong finish bodes well for next season.
Weve made big steps to where we want to be come next season, Finseth said.