Mystics have solid start

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck State Mystics volleyball team is looking at building a special season with a 15-3 record.

"So far, practices have been super competitive and everyone has been mending well and in the locker room too as our chemistry has been good, so that's been really good," said Baliee Otterness, sophomore.

"We have a really strong group. We are really athletic and we play really well as a team. Things are flowing really nicely and just on and off the court we are just a really supportive fun group of girls," said Cara Haussler, sophomore.

The Mystics have also found themselves in the national rankings and are still receiving votes.

"It feels great. The girls have put in the work not only this fall but the sophomores this spring and everyone over the summer and it is really nice for them to see those efforts being paid off," said Jeni Walsh, head coach.

To gain national attention, the Mystics have had to hit the road and play in big tournaments away from the friendly confines of the Armory.

"Always, you know, in junior college volleyball we play three to five matches per week all the time. We try to get into the weight room when we can, but it is just play, play, play, and see where the chips fall," said Walsh.

"The legs are a little tired, especially these last two weeks. We have had a lot of games in this past few weeks but we have been getting a lot of rest and Jeni is really good about knowing how to fuel our bodies as well," said Otterness.

"Yeah, we have had a lot of travel in these first couple of weeks, but I think we have proven that we can play really well on the road. We have competed against some really strong teams and we have been successful so far," said Haussler.

Another special thing about this Mystics' roster is they all call the Peace Garden State home.

"Absolutely, I love giving the opportunity to our local athletes first before we look outside of the area," said Walsh.

"Obviously it is super fun and there are a lot of other Bismarck girls on the roster that I competed with our against at one point in time so it is super fun to get to play with them now," said Haussler.

The Mystics will be back in action Wednesday night on the road in Bottineau.