Mystic volleyball prepares for season

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BISMARCK, N.D. - There’s been a lot of football talk recently, which makes sense since the high school season starts this week and the college season starts at the end of the month, but it’s not the only thing going on.

Volleyball teams have already hit the hardwood, and after having an impressive season last year, the Bismarck State Mystics return nine while bringing in six talented freshman.

Coach Jeni Walsh says that her expectations, stem from the sophomores.

"I expect to see a lot of leadership. You know at a junior college setting, first year, last year, you know you send them on their way, and so the constant turnover is always there. So to have the number of returners and leaders that we do has just been very nice because they can envelope the new girls in, and show them, you know, how we do it here," said Walsh.

Since most of the girls were here for last year’s successful season, they’re excited to get on the court and play another game.

"Last year was phenomenal. It was so much fun playing with everybody, and then being able to play with so many returners is like, we know we can do it, we just hope we can bring that extra, and go a little bit further," said Jessie Oja, sophomore.

"I think everybody's just really excited. You never want to underestimate a team, no matter what, so even last year we always went to every game like, trying to encourage everybody, don't look at it as just as a bye, like, always give 110%, always be excited and ready to play," said Sidney Mann, sophomore.

The Mystics open up their season at home next week for the Mystic Invite.