OTTUMWA — The wins have begun to mount again. The record is starting to look familiar. So is the level of play.
Nobody said it was going to be easy to make that climb back to being the team that, for a brief period a decade earlier, began to be one of junior college volleyball programs in the nation. Especially when one of the most well-established winners in the country resides within the same region.
Indian Hills may not quite be back to where they were in the mid-2000s, when the Warrior volleyball program went to new heights by qualifying for consecutive NJCAA Division I National Tournaments. Last year’s 30-11 season, however, was as good a year as IHCC volleyball has ever had since those national tourney days.
Add an exciting year of recruiting and some very nifty renovations to the home facilities. Mix it all together and suddenly, the attitude for the first day of practice was one that brought with it a whole new level of excitement to the Tom Arnold Net Center on Friday.
“I am really excited to get things started,” second year head coach Lydnsey Lyon said with a smile on her face after literally running with her team as she ran her first practice of the new season. “We’ve got our Brazilian players here for 10 days, so it’s good to get them into the swing of things. This first day is more about the fundamentals. We’ll get back into this weekend with more drills and get into playing more volleyball together.”
For players like sophomore Peyton Crosser, there was no need for Lyon to provide any motivational speeches on Friday. The first day full of work for the Warrior volleyball team was one Crosser was eager to get going bright and early.