Head Coach Riann Mullis has high expectations as she enters her third season with Chadron State volleyball, which opens the season on the road at the Lindenwood Challenge in St. Joseph, Missouri with four other schools beginning Friday.
We caught up with Coach Mullis at preseason practice to check in on how the team is preparing for the season and what the expectations are for 2018. The vibe around the team is very positive and Mullis says with extra preseason time this year the team is benefiting.
That extra practice time is allowing the team to mold faster with new impact players joining key returners. Mullis says a former Chadron High School star is among the newcomers that will help take the Eagles to new heights, along with a transfer on the outside.
Senior Madison Webb is back and will be among the best setters and leaders in the entire RMAC. Coach Mullis says Webb is an example of the type of player she wants every Eagle volleyball player to be.
If senior Dominika Senkerikova can return to top form after two knee surgeries the Eagles will have another potent offensive weapon back.
A program building needs high-quality freshman to come in and help the progress trend upward. This year’s class is generating a lot of buzz within the team.
The RMAC preseason coaches poll isn’t expecting as much from the Eagles as Coach Mullis and the players believe they can achieve. Naturally, CSC uses it as motivation to prove the skeptics wrong. And low preseason expectations from outsiders is something Coach Mullis’ past teams have proven to be silly.
So, what’s the true goal of this year’s team? Coach Mullis sees the RMAC postseason in CSC’s near future.