By Jose Bautista
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s volleyball team is full of ambition this year and plans to do some amazing things.
The team, which had a 10-21 record last season, feels it has improved in certain areas and that those improvements can pay off tremendously for them.
“I think that this team, if we push ourselves everyday in practice and believe, can win a National Championship,” said sophomore setter Jessica Way.
The team has started 4-4 this season, and is almost halfway to last year’s win total already.
“The high point of the season has been winning three of the four games we played at the Nova tournament to start our season,” said senior Jennifter Eldridge. “We played so well as a team and were able to dominate most of our opponents.”
Youth is a big theme this season, and with reason.
This season’s squad is a young one, with five freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and Eldridge as the team’s only senior.
“Some people say that our weakness is having such a young team, but I think we will prove them otherwise,” said Way of the team’s inexperience.
Freshman Kristina Harter finds many strengths in this year’s group.
“We have a very strong serving team,” said Harter. “Volleyball is a mental game, so having a supportive team is crucial and I would say that’s a definite strength. We’re all competitive , but it’s a friendly competetive.”