Youth Hopes to Serve
At first glance at the lady Trojans volleyball team, you would think that they were too young to do much damage. With five juniors and no seniors, you would think they probably won’t come through, but that’s not what the lady Trojans believe.
Marleen de Zoete, a junior setter from Camas, Wash., said, “Just because they are young doesn’t mean that they don’t have the experience. Never underestimate the underdog.”
When you have players like middle hitter Adisa Hodzic and outside hitter Edina Begic, both juniors from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hertzgovina, who have played since they were ten and eleven, then there is reason to think that their experience can help motivate the younger lady Trojans to push through. Head coach Van Compton believes that it is only a matter of time.
“The ladies will be best at the end once they get a few games under their belts. The ladies improve every game, it’s just going to be a process,” Compton said.
The ladies began their season in the Maroon Classic in Starkville, Mississippi where they played their first tournament of the season. The Trojans played Southeast Missouri State in the first game and lost a hard fought battle of five games, and then they had to almost immediately play Mississippi State and lost a close three games.
The next day the lady Trojans played Mississippi State again where and pulled out a three to one win against the lady bulldogs. Edina had an amazing 15 kills and 18 digs.
“After the five game match against Southeast Missouri State the first game and having to turn right around and within 45 minutes playing Mississippi State, the ladies never had time for their bodies time to rest and the dust settle before they were thrown back out there to play a fresh team,” Compton said.
“After a night of rest, they came back fresh the next day and the ladies pulled off a much needed win,” she said.
Both Begic and de Zoete have won SBC weekly honors this season.
The lady Trojans were in Las Cruces, N.M. where they played in the New Mexico State Tournament on Sept.13 and 14.
The team will play next in the Tiger Invitational in Memphis, Tenn. before conference play starts on Sept. 27 in Mobile, Ala. against the South Alabama Jaguars.
The team’s first game at the Jack Stephens Center will follow on Sept. 29 against the Georgia State Panthers. The Sun Belt Conference Tournament is Nov. 21-23 at Troy, Ala.