Hey Rattler fans another week has gone by and as always it was packed with lots of excitement and hard work. As always we our team was working hard, with practices, and morning weights all week. Of course with all the work we put in we still make sure we have some fun. We got to celebrate one of our seniors 21st birthdays after practice, and of course got a little sweets cheat on our diets with some mini cupcakes.
Getting ready for our first scrimmages this weekend, all the girls are super pumped and ready to come out and show people what we are about this year. We have a lot of new faces this year and along with that comes a new team dynamic, and chemistry. We felt confident going in ready to finally see what we looked like to other teams. Going into TLU we had some slow starts but once we found a rhythm things went smoother and we took the game in four. Trinity on the other hand was a bit tougher with a bit too many mistakes we lost in three. Not being discouraged we gathered together and talked about what changes needed to be made in order to better ourselves, not letting a loss phase us.
Going into the Concordia scrimmage we knew what we needed to do, and were just as ready to put another win in our record books. After along point by point battle and not giving up we fought back from a deficit and took the game, then dominating the end of the game. Playing southwestern we started off just the same, and ended up splitting the two sets.
Now getting ready for our first home game, I feel everybody is even more anxious and exited to show our home fans the new St. Mary’s Rattlers. We play Shandong this Monday night at home, which should be a good match for us. After a long weekend of practice matches and seeing what exactly we need to do to win, all the girls are ready to put in some work and come out with this W.
-Tarine Grace #12
We survived two-a-days!!! This week was very exciting and busy with the ending of two-a-days and starting of school! The team has been working very hard in practice for our upcoming scrimmages next week. I know everyone is super excited and ready to show off our hard work. We had a fun team bonding at Top Golf! I hate to say it...but I think the coaches were better than us... well, me especially :-) Come out and support your Rattlers on Friday, August 26th for our first scrimmage at Trinity University!
- #5 Channing Hankins
With summer coming to an end, preseason for the rattlers is finally here! It’s a fresh start for us with returning faces and many new faces added to the team. We even have a few out of state girls from Nevada, California and even Wisconsin! Once everyone was moved in on campus, everyone has been joined at the hip. The few days we had leading up to two-a-days have been filled with team bonding activities and team dinners. Then to really kick it off we had our media day. One of the few days where all of us get the chance to really look like girls haha. Everyone had their headshots and intro videos made along with our class pictures and a few action shots for the game program covers. We also had a few get to know us videos filmed to play during timeouts, so come to our home games to check those out (hint hint haha).
The past few days everyone has been busy with two-a-days to help us get ready for the upcoming season. Everyone has been working hard every practice, every day to get us to our goal; Conference Championship. Before we know it preseason will be over and season will finally be here! It’s hard to believe that classes are about to start up again! I’m very excited for the season with these girls!
-#17, Megan Isbell
Rattler Volleyball is getting ready for pre-season to start in one week from today. The uniforms are in, the locker room is clean, the coaches are preparing practices as the girls are getting excited to start the 2016 season! Check out some of the things the girls said getting ready for this season:
Ariana Flores #1- "I'm very excited to begin season and meet everyone but I'm especially excited for us to exceed people's expectations and have a successful season!"
Tarine Grace #12- "Super excited to come out and show the teams what St. Mary's volleyball is about! Catch ya'll in the championship!"
Lauren Martinez #9- "Super excited to be a part of such an amazing and welcoming team! So ready for this season!"
Erin Roou #4- "I'm excited to be playing with all of you guys, you all seem super fun! Can't wait to rock our conference!"
Jaycie Pluenneke #16- "I'm so ready to kick butt in conference and show everyone that St. Mary's is ready for that championship! Go Rattlers!"
Madison Brunk #2- "So ready to start collegiate level volleyball as a StMU Rattler!! Excited to meet and develop as a new team, and have a great season!"
Ashley Perez #7- "I'm stoked to be playing to be playing at a new higher level at St. Mary's! Can't wait to have an amazing season with a strong team!"
Shelley Chapron #3- "Can't wait to start the season the season with you guys and show our conference what we are all about!!!"
Megan Isbell #17- "Can't wait to finish my last season as a Rattler with a ring with these amazing girls!!"
Bree Perry #15- " 'Champions keep playing until they get it right,' let's win it all ladies! Can't wait to play with the new team!"
Amanda Lake #11- "Excited to dominate the conference this year and have an unforgettable season! Can't wait to start preseason, meet everyone, and get to work!"
Allison Rose #14- "'Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.' We're going to work so hard this season and dominate conference...let's get it!"