The University of Montana Western Volleyball team is set to finally start the 2020-21 season.
442 days ago, the 2019 Bulldogs season came to an end in the conference quarterfinals and Head Coach Katie Lovett and the Bulldogs entered what then seemed to be a normal offseason. Then COVID hit and the state of the 2020 volleyball season was unknown. Now, nearly 15 months later, the Bulldogs are ready to hit the court.
"We are so happy that we have an opportunity to compete this year," head coach Kaite Lovett said. "With everything going on and how many conferences/schools have opted out, we are just grateful we get to play at all."
In 2019 the Bulldog volleyball team saw improvement from the year before winning three more matches, and recording over 200 team blocks, which was the most for the team since the 2013 season. The Bulldogs are eager to get back to work and compete in a very tough Frontier Conference.
"This team is eager to get better day in and day out," Lovett said. "They are continuing to grow and make strides in the right direction. It's fun being around a team that supports each other like they do."
The Bulldogs return 13 players from 2019 and welcome three fresh faces onto this year's squad.
The Bulldogs will open the 2020-21 season on the road in Havre, Mont. for a pair of matches. Jan. 29 at 7 P.M. and Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.
Montana Western's first home matches of the season will be Feb. 5 and 6 against Carroll College.
Due to Frontier Conference COVID-19 protocols, spectators will not be permitted in the Straugh Gymnasium until further notice. All Bulldog Athletics home events can be streamed at www.bulldogsports.com/watch
Please check the website regularly for up-to-date schedules.
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