Coyotes ride ten game win streak

Written by on October 3, 2023

Coach Biegert has Coyotes back on track heading into meat of KCAC schedule.

Head Coach Jessica Biegert and the Kansas Wesleyan University volleyball team seems to have picked up right where they left off a season ago, starting 5-0 in conference play and riding a 10 game win streak despite their tough start to the season.

Courtesy Photo KWU Sports Info/Head Coach Jessica Biegert

A season ago the Coyotes finished with an overall record of 29-7 (10-2 KCAC), and capped it off with a KCAC championship title and a trip to the NAIA opening round.

This year the Coyotes were a much different team, as they graduated seven girls last season and brought in eight transfers out of the portal, not to mention the new freshman class. Although talented, the Coyotes had a much different look on the court with new faces and players that had not played together before. Biegert and the team knew building a relationship and a bond with the team would be important for their success. 

“We really just had to get to know each other both on and off the court and build a relationship with each other,” said Joee Bussmann, a freshman for the Coyotes. 

The Coyotes had high expectations going into the 2023 season and started off hot winning their first five games of the season before hitting a wall of struggle, dropping 7 of their next 8 matches. The Coyotes were 6-7 on September 8th, and were less than 5 days away from opening up KCAC play against conference foes Sterling College. The buzz around the Coyotes Volleyball squad was not the typical good news of winning like they’re used to, rather the recent struggles right before KCAC play, but there was no panic in the Coyotes locker room. 

“The spirit in the locker room was optimistic, we knew we would be facing tough teams but we continued to be competitive. Once we started our win streak we gained more and more confidence,” said senior Kelcey Hund. 

The Coyotes would get back on track by going on a 10 game win streak that included big conference wins over University of Saint Mary (14-5) and RV Ottawa University (13-6). The Coyotes were back to themselves, winning, and in dominant fashion. 

“We’ve made our practices a lot more competitive by doing a lot of high intensity 6 on 6 drills,” Bussmann said when asked if there was anything the team did differently in practice. 

It was clear the girls in purple and gold were back to dominating on the court and the Coyote fans were back to see them in their winning ways. KWU will carry their 10 game win streak into Wednesday’s match at home against Doane University, you can catch it in person at Mabee Arena or on the Coyote Sports Network. 

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