In 2013, the Montana State volleyball roster only had two seniors to lead a very young squad. In 2014, they will once again only have two seniors on the roster, but their stellar freshman class of 2013 will now have a year of collegiate experience under their belts.
"The freshman class from last year stepped up a lot and they're gonna have to continue to step up," said junior Eli Svisco. "We only have two seniors and two juniors, so I mean they're huge and I think they can definitely handle it."
The two seniors on this years roster are Kasey Schlatter and Zoe Gogan, with Natalee Godfrey and Svisco rounding out the junior class. The rest of the roster is made up of six sophomores and four freshman.
"We had about five freshman starting last year and they're used to our system," said Schlatter. "With there being so few upper classmen, it's everyone's job to kind of step up and step into that leadership role."
"I think one of the best things about the team, with having so many freshman last year, they're not freshman anymore," said head coach Kyle Weindel. "They now have a year of experience with a lot of our point scorers."
Last seasons freshman class was led by standout Kennadie Clute, who had the best freshman campaign of any Bobcat ever with 513 kills. That was the 2nd highest kill total ever in a single season by a Bobcat, earning her the Big Sky Freshman of the Year award. Clute now hopes to avoid the dreaded 'sophomore slump.'
"It's obviously in the back of my mind, but I think I'll be alright," Clute said. "We were all here all summer, working out everyday, conditioning, lifting and I think we're gonna have a good season."
Montana State opens the year August 29th at a tournament in Utah.