DUNBAR, Wis. - Northland International University volleyball season ended this past weekend at the Midwest Regional Tournament hosted by Kuyper College (Grand Rapids, Mich).
"It was a season where we had a few 'first time ever' events," NIU Coach Dave Herron said. "The list would come off as negative so I will concentrate on the positive. I saw a group of young ladies come together and begin as a collection of potential athletes and end as a team of passionate players. We walked off the floor from our last match competing together."
The Lady Pioneers season ended with a 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 16-25,d 23-25) to Kuyper. They entered the Midwest Regional as the No. 5 seed and, except for some missed serves and serve receive errors, could have improved their finish.
"We worked hard every week at our first touch-contact and getting in system," senior Beth Braker said. "Sometimes we made the easy ball hard so it was difficult to score points.
"I am very grateful for my teammates and how we kept playing hard all season."
NIU finished the season with an 11-21 record. Eight of 10 players from this year's team will eligible to play in the fall of 2013.
"We will put forth a very concerted effort to get some quality players on campus," Herron said. "We do not intend to go through this again. Winning is not the only determining variable to success but a winning effort is along with winning execution. We will find those that desire such."
NIU's Braker and sophomore Valerie Stauff were selected to the Midwest Regional all-tournament team. Freshman Elizabeth Humberg was chosen by the regional coaches as the newcomer/freshman of the year for the Midwest Region.