"Sports do not build character….they reveal it." – John Wooden
After traveling to Lewis & Clark (in Lewiston, IDAHO) only to be swept in three sets, then having to repeat it the next day at Montana Tech, we were in the biggest slump I think some (if not most) of the girls had ever seen. Players and coaches were beyond frustrated. The division of the team started to become apparent, therefore Coach Stenman decided to take action. Since we were not playing like a team, we were to at least look like a team; wearing our blue practice shirts every day to school. This was not only motivation to get it together, but to get the pure pride that the team lacked.
Having been out of our gym due to bleacher construction, we have been practicing in other gyms when not on the road. On Monday, after having the weekend off after the rough match at Tech, we had one practice before our match against Mayville State. At the practice, we happened to be joined by the Dickinson High School varsity volleyball team. Scrimmaging those younger girls needed to happen to give us room for success. We have played a tough schedule this year with no easy matches to be found. We needed to know what it was like to be successful again; to build confidence.
It was a quick turn-around for us at Mayville. We pulled ourselves out of our behinds and brought an exciting win home to Dickinson! Throughout the match, coach kept telling us "this is Dickinson High School with blue jerseys." With that confidence, we built (thanks to the high school players) we knew we had no other choice but to win. We stayed consistent, did all of the little things and most of all, we finally played as a team!