The 2023 Truman State University’s women’s volleyball season is in full swing. This season, games start Sept. 1 and end Nov. 11. Head coach David Ganon and assistant coaches Kenzie Bouse and Katie Evans lead the team. There are 16 girls on the team who come from around the country.
Sept. 1 and 2 the women of the volleyball team competed during the season’s first tournament, the Blossom Classic Invitational in Monticello, Arkansas. Friday, Sept. 2, the Bulldogs defeated the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Christian Brothers University.
The next day, they lost all three sets to Northern State University. However, they were able to bounce back and gain a win against the fellow GLVC school Maryville.
The next tournament they competed in was the Hampton Inn Invitational from Sept.7-9. They lost their games to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Purdue University Northwest, Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Winona State University.
However, during the Reddie-Tiger Invitational, the following weekend, they won all their games. They played against four schools: Henderson State University, Christian Brothers University, Union University and Lee University.
Last year, during 2022, the team went 3-20, while this year, the team’s current record is 7-6. The first home game was held Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. against Upper Iowa University.
Moving forward, the team will play other schools in the GLVC. Members of the team are working hard to have a successful season. A standout player this year is senior Allison Beaton. Currently, Beaton holds the record for the most kills this season. Another player to keep an eye on is sophomore Lexi Arnel who is also currently the team leader in most digs.
With the start of their new season there is a lot to look forward to. The team’s explosiveness on the court and evident drive will lead them to success. If they continue to play as they have been they will represent the bulldogs well. Students are looking forward to cheering them on from the bleachers.