They practice 5 days a week– you can say the University of Maine-Fort Kent volleyball players are both dedicated and determined… Especially since they entered this season working to build a program that wasn’t around last year.
“The girls have come together well and have communicated together well, and I’m really proud of them because this is the program starting back up again and they’re making it really known,” said Coach Quintina Young.
And they’re also successful… the Lady Bengals are entering Saturday’s play against SUNY Canton with a 10-1 record. The team is also ranked nationally by the USCAA Coaches Association– their hard work clearly paying off.
“When I first heard that we were gonna do a new program, I was actually more excited than nervous,” said Junior Jessany Munoz. “Because it made me think, this is something we can start off great.”
And what’s unique about this team is the fact that more than half of these players are from the West Coast– specifically California.
“I had a few options, actually, but I decided to come here because it’s the furthest from California I could get,” added Munoz.
Six players from California, the rest from Maine and Connecticut– something you’d never know watching their on-court chemistry. Although this team is happy with what they’ve done so far, there’s still an end goal in sight.
“I’m pretty happy with the team,” said Young. “I’d love to go to Nationals. The girls deserve it, and I know if they work hard, then we can definitely get there.”
“I think we’re just going to keep working as hard as we have been and keep working our butts off in practice,” added Munoz. “That’s what we’ve been doing, that’s what we plan on doing, and that’s what we’re gearing toward for next year too.”
The Lady Bengals have five more contests until their regular season ends. They must be ranked in the top 10 to advance to the National Championships in late October and early November.