The coach of the College of the Rockies Women’s volleyball team says a roller coaster season presented opportunities to younger players.
The Avalanche finished with a record of 7-18 after being eliminated in the first round of the PACWEST Championships last Thursday.
Head Coach John Swanson says injuries to top players allowed rookies to gain experience.
“Physically, they’re going to have to keep getting stronger because at 18 [or] 19 or even 20 sometimes they’re playing against 21 or 22-year old women.” says Swanson. “The physical part will still be a challenge but I think mentally and emotionally we’re at an advantage that those players have had a year under their belt and should be stronger in those two parts moving forward.”
Swanson hopes that experience translates into more success next season.
“Having to play at least four rookies is probably not too common but in our situation it’s what we had.” says Swanson. “It was incredible just to see the growth of many of those players.”
Megan Beckett led the Women’s team in kills with 245.
Another season of PACWEST volleyball will start in October.
– John Swanson, College of the Rockies Avalanche Women’s volleyball Head Coach