Posted on: February 5, 2021 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

By Jack Zampillo, Staff Writer

Moraine Valley women’s volleyball is finally back. 

Despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and regulations that surround it, the Cyclones have secured a seven-game schedule beginning Wednesday. The team looks to continue the momentum of a 26-9 record last season, and players are anxiously waiting to take the court.

“My mindset hasn’t changed,” said sophomore libero Lily Saenz. “Last season I had high hopes for the team and I’m glad to say my hopes are just as high for this year.”

Freshman outside hitter Julia Janks is excited to step on the court in her first year with the Cyclones, after a series of cancellations and schedule changes left the season in question. 

“We were so unsure we would have a season, so this feeling is amazing,” Janks said. “It definitely hypes us up.” 

Saenz said it’s “the best feeling” to know a schedule has been finalized: “The fact that we have officially started the season is just so comforting.” 

The first match of the season will be at home vs Triton College. For the full schedule and more, visit the team website.

The Cyclones are led by head coach Lauren Lorenz, entering her fifth season with the school with an 84-33 record. With regional and divisional championships to her name, Lorenz looks to build on her winning track record and has her players primed and ready to compete. 

With a shortened season of seven games, five being conference matchups, the Cyclones understand that finding their team chemistry early in the season is key. 

“We are going twice as hard at practice because every win matters,” said Janks. “If we have the same chemistry at practice and on game days, it will be very helpful towards winning.” 

Saenz also stresses the importance of getting off to a fast start. “It is extremely important,” she says. “Multiple teams in our conference have been practicing for months now. We just started a couple weeks ago.”

Fortunately, the Cyclones will have home-court advantage for five of their scheduled games.

“Having home games has a huge impact on the team because we are so used to the court and it’s OUR FLOOR,” Janks said enthusiastically. “We are going to show every team what happens when you come to Moraine Valley.” 

The Cyclones begin the season taking on Triton College at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a six-game slate in March. Opponents include College of Lake County, Waubonsee Community College, Morton College, McHenry County College, Kankakee Community College, and Oakton Community College.