Bemidji Volleyball Looking to Take the Next Step


WITH AJ FELDMAN.>>AJ: THE BEMIDJI VOLLEYBALL TEAM HAD AN UP AND DOWN SEASON IN 2018 UNDER FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH ALICIA KRIENS, FINISHING SIX GAMES BELOW 500. THIS YEAR, THE TEAM FEELS THEY HAVE THE PIECES AND SOMETHING A LITTLE EXTRA TO BE A COMPETITOR IN THE SECTION.>>THEY WANT TO WIN EVERY GAME. IT’S NOT LIKE CAN WE OR LET’S MAKE IT CLOSE. THEY HAVE THE MENTALITY LIKE WE’RE GOING TO DO IT.>>GETTING CLOSE LAST YEAR WASN’T THE ISSUE AS THE JACKS SHOWED FLASHES AND TOOK MANY MATCHES TO FOUR OR FIVE SETS. TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP, THE TEAM HOPES THEIR DRIVE AND IMPROVED CHEMISTRY CAN HELP.>>WE LAUGH, HAVE FUN, NOT TOO SERIOUS, SO IT LIFTS THE WEIGHT A LITTLE BIT AND MAKES IT EASIER. EVERYONE IS NOT TENSE, AND IT MAKES IT RELAX.>>THE JACKS SEE THEIR SCRAPPY DEFENSE THEIR BIGGEST STRENGTH, PRAISED BY OTHER COACHES DURING TEAM CAMP THIS SUMMER.>>WE’RE ALL REALLY DRIVEN, SO WE’RE ALWAYS GOING FOR IT, DIVING ON THE FLOOR NO MATTER WHAT.>>GRADUATING FROM LAST YEAR ARE THE TEAM’S TWO MIDDLE BLOCKERS AND EARLY ON THEIR REPLACEMENTS ARE SHOWING PROMISE.>>THEY’RE REALLY PULLING THEIR WEIGHT AND REALLY SHOWING WHAT THEY’VE GOT. THEY’RE REALLY STEPPING UP BECAUSE THEY KNOW WE NEED IT.>>COMPETITION IS HIGH DURING PRESEASON PRACTICES WITH MULTIPLE PLAYERS COMPETING FOR SPOTS WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY ELEVATE THE PLAY DURING THE SEASON.>>IT REALLY PUSHES THE GIRLS WHEN THEY KNOW THEIR SPOT ISN’T JUST GIVEN TO THEM. THAT’S THEIR GOAL. YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO COMPETE AGAINST AND PUSH YOU. IT’S ONLY GOING TO MAKE OUR NO. 1’S BETTER AND ONLY GOING TO MAKE THOSE GIRLS COMING UP BEHIND THEM BETTER.>>AJ: THE LUMBERJACKS WILL START TO TEST THEIR NEW SQUAD AS THEY HOST AREA TEAMS IN A

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