As the women’s volleyball season enters its final month, the team sits at a record of 1-14, with eight more games left. With only three returning players from last year, a second-year coach, and a new assistant coach, this season is drastically different from previous years. To find out more about the team, The Collegian interviewed Meherio Krainer, a senior business major, and Jocelyn Curiel-Ruiz, a senior double majoring in math and psychology, to see what they thought of this season so far.
The following is a transcript of our interviews with Krainer and Curiel-Ruiz. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.
Q: How do you feel about the team this year? There are a lot of freshmen on the team (eight out of 14 players); how does that make a difference to the team dynamic?
Krainer: I feel good about the team this year. There are only three returning players, so we’ve gotten to know each other better as the year goes on. With all the freshmen, we are a really young team.
Curiel-Ruiz: There’s a lot of potential; The freshmen had to get used to playing in college as opposed to high school, so it’s been nice to show them the ropes. It’s kinda sad being a senior seeing all the room for growth. We’re definitely going in an upwards direction.
Q: You won your first game of the season on the 30th against Warner Pacific. How did that win feel for you and the team, especially since it was at home?
Krainer: It was amazing! It was such an exciting game, and since it was at home, we could celebrate with all our friends. It was extra special since my family was here, so they could meet my friends and celebrate with us. The crowd was huge, and it was great to have them being loud and cheering for us when we scored. It’s just a whole different vibe.
Curiel-Ruiz: We were very excited and happy, and it was a great boost for morale. It just goes to show that we can win if we play together as a team.
Q: What can you tell me about the coaching staff this year?
Curiel-Ruiz: It’s nice to start off the year and have the whole summer with Coach Bussell, since she joined a little later last year. Our coaches are very different, but they work well together and contribute different things to us as players.
Krainer: This year, Coach Bussell recruited from all over the world, from Mexico to the Netherlands. Our assistant coach, Coach Lauren, is full of wisdom and so encouraging! We’ve had our ups and downs throughout the season, but we’re being pushed really hard physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Q: Should students show up for the four remaining home games?
Krainer: For sure, especially on Senior Night (11/4)! We’re playing against one of the top teams in the country (Eastern Oregon), so we’ll need all the support we can get that night. [1,2]
Make sure to attend this weekend’s games against Oregon Tech and Southern Oregon, and don’t forget to show up on November 4th to cheer on the team for Senior Night!
Interview with Meherio Krainer, 10/10/2023.
Interview with Jocelyn Curiel-Ruiz, 10/11/2023.