It was a big week for the Assiniboine Community College women’s volleyball team. After being held winless last year, they went out to prove early on that this is a brand new start for the Cougars, going 2-0 in Week 10, and recording their first two victories in two seasons. With last season officially behind them, this team is focused on moving forward – and co-captain Stephanie Willey is leading the charge.
In the Cougars victories against Red River, Willey had 10 kills and 4 aces in game one, and 9 kills in game two to go along with some exceptional passing. Despite her power and technical skills on the court, head coach Bryce Wilson points to her leadership and attitude as the real driving force behind her success.
“Steph has contributed on and off the court thus far this season,” says Wilson. “She has a great all-round game, and at the same time has been a big help to the new athletes adjusting to the college workload and life. Steph works hard in training, and the improvement in her game has shown that.”
Winning back-to-back this early in the season not only boosts the Cougars confidence from the get-go, but it also bring them to a .500 record which slots them in the top four in the conference.
Another real test comes quickly for ACC, as Week 10 will see them take on the 0-4 Blazers in a two-match series at home. It’s still early, but in the long run this weekend has the potential to cause a significant swing forward for the Cougars, who will be looking for leaders like Stephanie Willey to step up and make this a true winning streak.