Coach Bennett Reaches the Century Mark in Style
After an 8-0 start for the Colorado College volleyball team, the 2013 season looks bright. The future may be even brighter.
The Tigers began their season by hosting the 2013 Molten Colorado College Invitational on Aug. 30 and 31. They consecutively defeated Central College, UMass-Boston, Augsburg College, and Pacific University to win their home tournament. In the process, CC Tigers Abbe Holtze, Emily Phillips, and Devon Lucero earned all-tournament honors.
The following weekend seemed like déjà vu, as the Tigers once again hosted a home tournament, the 2013 Molten Colorado College Classic, and again posted a 4-0 record. They defeated Lakeland College, Bridgewater College, and Willamette University twice on the way. Holtze and Lucero made the all tournament team again, along with Courtney Birkett.
When asked about their recent success, freshman Abbe Holtze highlighted the importance of the team’s chemistry. “Every person is very supportive of one another on and off the court. In addition to this, we hold one another to a high standard… By doing this, we will be able to achieve the goals we have for the season,” she said.
An influx of young players has helped lead the Tigers to their recent success. As evident by being named to the all-tournament team in both of the past weekends, Holtze and sophomore Devon Lucero have spearheaded the Tigers’ recent success. Lucero was voted tournament MVP of the Molten Colorado College Invitational and shortly thereafter received the Defensive Player of the Week award from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The award is the first of Lucero’s Colorado College career.
In the Molten Colorado College Classic, it was Holtze who claimed tournament MVP honors. Her stellar play quickly impressed the coaches. “Adjusting to the college level has been pretty smooth so far. All of the girls give the underclassmen advice on what to do,” Holtze said. She was, however, quick to defer credit for the recent victories. “I would have to give the most credit to the team and coaching staff. The team is very supportive…[and] the coaching staff pushes me to perform my best.
After spending the last few weekends at home, the Tigers will travel each of the next three weeks, playing their next 11 games on the road. Next weekend (Sept. 14 and 15), the Tigers will visit Decorah, Iowa to play in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Tournament.
The Tigers play their next home tournament the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5, so be sure to cheer them on when they return home! This will be a season to remember.