BANGOR – Settling for wins is not in Husson volleyball’s playbook.
“We have the drive,” senior middle hitter Bailey Cote said. “Some teams love the sport and want to play. We love the sport but want to win.”
And winning has been consistent for Husson this year. The Eagles have started the season at 5-0 for the first time in more than five years, putting it on pace to get out ahead in the North Atlantic Conference. Husson heads to Standish for the SJC Autumn Invitational this weekend, squaring off with some of the best teams in Maine. But the ladies believe their makeup this season has them a step above the others.
“I think [it’s] our bounce back attitude and our ability to adapt to every level of play and just try to succeed at whatever task we have ahead,” Cote said.
“We bring some enthusiasm that I’ve never seen,” sophomore setter Hanna Hembrow said. “We’re always smiling and we’re always having fun. We’re a great team. We’re like family.”
The mood is fairly upbeat at practice, but green banners loom over the Eagles as they practice. They commemorate all of the school’s trips to the NCAA Tournament, but none of them honor volleyball. That’s because they’ve never been there. But they think this may be the year that changes.
“We want to win the NAC championship. And we have confidence. That’s what’s pushing us now. Going into this weekend, and with the rest of our games, it’s really pushing us,” Hembrow said.
Because this team, especially a senior like Cote, understands what a NAC title would do for the status of the program.
“I think it would put us back on the map as a volleyball school. Not just an amazing football, field hockey, soccer, but volleyball would then be a competitor.”