The Lady Bobcat volleyball team recently closed out their 2015 season with an 18-19 record in their first season as a member of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.).
Coach Edwards presented her team with a challenging schedule this season, as the Lady Cats faced fifteen teams who were ranked or received votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
The Bobcats were excited to take their home court this season, as the redesign of the volleyball court provided a great environment for their fans. Coach Edwards commented, “I believe the newly refurbished floor and revised court layout, combined with the excellent support provided by the Council for Student Programs (CSP), increased our fan attendance two- or three-fold. We had fantastic crowds that inspired and encouraged our players.”
Leading the 2015 team in various stat categories were: sophomore outside hitter Danielle Curnes driving 341 kills, sophomore defensive specialist Ashlynn Rogers scoring 45 service aces, junior libero Brandi Stahl gathering 735 digs, senior setter Lindsay Boone delivering 718 assists, and senior middle hitter Jamie Reaves posting 162 blocks.
The Bobcats also picked up some team and individual awards and rankings. On the national level, the Lady Bobcats ranked #4 in total digs (2,825), Jamie Reaves ranked # 9 in total blocks (162), and Brandi Stahl ranked #11 in Total Digs (735). At the conference level, the A.I.I. Libero of the Year award was presented to Brandi Stahl; First-team All-Conference winners included Stahl and Jamie Reaves; Second-team All-Conference recipients were Danielle Curnes and Lindsay Boone; and, junior setter Sarah Kreul was named Honorable Mention.
Boone and Reaves, the senior members of the team, have played for the Bobcats all four years and made significant contributions to the team. They not only performed impressively on the court, but both accumulated excellent GPAs in their majors of nursing (Boone) and elementary education (Reaves) while balancing practice, games, travel and work obligations. Coach Edwards stated, “I am very pleased with the effort and leadership both Lindsay and Jamie have invested all four years of their C of O career.”
While the Lady Cats did not post as many wins as they had hoped, they did make significant growth and captured some big victories over the season. In their weekly devotionals, the team was reminded that, “Win or lose – God is undefeated!” While they played with competitiveness and a desire to win, the Lady Cats did not lose sight of the bigger picture, making 2015 a winning season.