Women’s Volleyball Looks Toward Promising Future Under New Coaching

Adnan Basic
Staff Reporter

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Photo by RU Athletics Department.

After undergoing a head coaching change in the offseason, the women’s volleyball team here at Roosevelt University is looking to use this year to build a strong foundation for the future.

It hasn’t been a dream start to the season so far, as Roosevelt have lost nine out of their opening ten matchups. The year started off with the Lakers competing in the SXU/TCC crossover tournament, as they took on schools like Bethel College and Midland University. They weren’t able to pick up a win, but gained valuable experience on the trip. Roosevelt also started conference play, but fell to Trinity International University and Saint Xavier in CCAC play.
However, there have been plenty of promising signs that offer hope toward the future. Roosevelt picked up a big conference win against Robert Morris University earlier this month, fighting hard to survive a five game classic. The Lakers have also taken opposition teams to their limits, and just fell short in a tough game at Indiana University Northwest.
It’s also important to remember how young this Roosevelt team is. Going into this season, the Lakers only have three players on the roster that are either juniors or seniors. The rest of the team is made up of first or second year students, with five freshman in total. That fact is what excites head coach Nicasio Paquiz the most, as he is ready to grow with this team as a first year coach. “We can set the foundation for what we want this program to become,” Paquiz said. “Our character is being tested early on, but it’s also building it in the same time, which is huge in building a program.”
Paquiz might have only been at the school for less than half of a year, but it seems the players are already buying into his system. “He’s a wonderful coach,” sophomore journalism major Sydney Mishler said. “He has taught my team and I things that we have never learned about volleyball before. He is very detail oriented and so passionate about us and the team at Roosevelt as a whole. He is building a fantastic foundation for RU Volleyball,” Mishler said.
Now, the focus is on making the most of this year and developing some true team chemistry. “The rest of the season is about building up on our team chemistry,” sophomore journalism major Mallory Nickelson said. “I really want this team to come together and work really hard for the remainder of the season.”

Roster:

Number
Name
Year
2
Maddy Broniarczyk
Sophomore
4
Mhari McGhee
Freshman
6
Jesse Neugebauer
Freshman
7
Makenzie Cooper
Senior
8
Madison Dunbar
Junior
10
Kendra Lee
Freshman
11
Mallory Nickelson
Sophomore
13
Paula Gross
Sophomore
14
Kara Sleeper
Freshman
15
Daphyne Turner
Freshman
19
Sydney Mishler
Sophomore
21
Mackenzie Bell
Sophomore
22
Daria Voronina
Senior
25
Jessica Ratajczak
Sophomore
Upcoming Schedule:
Date
Time
Opponent
9/25
7 PM
vs. Judson University
10/2
7 PM
@ St. Ambrose University
10/5
5 PM
vs. (RV)Trinity Christian College
10/6
12 PM
vs. Indiana University South Bend
10/6
2 PM
vs. Governors State University
10/9
7 PM
@ Trinity International University
10/11
7 PM
vs. Robert Morris University
10/18
7 PM
@ Saint Xavier University
10/20
2:30 PM
vs. Saint Louis College of Pharmacy
10/20
5 PM
vs. Lincoln College
10/23
7 PM
vs. Cardinal Stritch University
10/26
5 PM
vs. University of St. Francis
10/27
10 AM
vs. Olivet Nazarene University
10/27
12 PM
@ Calumet College of St. Joseph
10/30
7 PM
@ Judson University
11/1
7 PM
vs. St. Ambrose University



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