Pierce volleyball team serves into the new season

Jared Leingang, Online Reporter

Hard work, passion and heart.

Head coach Greg Finnel says the Pierce College volleyball team embodies those qualities and says it’s evident when they take the court.

The Raiders have an overall record of seven wins and 14 losses and are 1-0 in league play. The goal for the season is to finish with a top four record in the Northwest Athletic Conference, Finnel said. The pre-season record doesn’t count toward the team’s NWAC seeding.

This year, the volleyball team is comprised of 10 freshman and three sophomores. One of the obstacles Finnel says the team needs to overcome is mental strength. The pre-season schedule incorporates tougher teams to help improve the team’s mental fortitude.

“It was a tough schedule; we finished 6-14,” Finnel said. “We were in every match, but we just didn’t have that mental toughness to put us over the edge. We learned a lot about the game and about ourselves.”

All of the players have progressed over time, Finnel said, but the two players that stand out the most are Brooke Peterson and Miranda Jeter for their consistent high level performances.

Practices run a little over two hours, which include watching

game films and working on drills.

As student athletes, the standard rule is to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to play but Finnel pushes for at least a 3.0. The coaching staff does grade checks every two weeks and freshman athletes are required to do a minimum of three hours of study hall every week. It’s not required for sophomores but it’s recommended.

One of the coaching philosophies Finnel employs is creating a lasting culture and having the players buy into a family-like culture.

“If you can create that family culture and if you do it right, these girls will be friends for a lifetime and they’ll grow and compete better because of that,” Finnel said.

Finnel learned from his previous coaching experiences that the closer the team, the better they’ll perform. He realizes the importance of having a great team dynamic rather than a team that’s led by one or two individuals.

The Raiders volleyball team plays every Monday and Friday with one home game per week at the Fort Steilacoom Health Education Center.

“If you come out you will have a good time; it’s fun. I don’t think I have coached a team that has been as fun to watch as these girls,” Finnel said. “They’re captivating on the court. They’re so fun to watch. Come join a family.”

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Jared Leingang

Jared Leingang

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Hi my name is Jared Leingang and I’m an online reporter for The Puyallup Post. This is my first year reporting for the paper and I am looking forward to it. This hopefully will be my last year at Pierce College and in the spring I will graduate with my AA-DTA and transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in sports journalism. Sports and writing has always been a passion of mine and the opportunity to do both is something I cannot pass up. I am a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and basketball teams as well. If I am not watching or reading about sports I am usually listening to music or reading books. The genre of music I listen to the most is rap. Some of my favorite artists are Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, NF, The Underachievers, and many more. I also like to read fiction books and personal-growth books. I am excited for this upcoming year and will strive to give readers and students the information they deserve.
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Jared Leingang

Hi my name is Jared Leingang and I’m an online reporter for The Puyallup Post. This is my first year reporting for the paper and I am looking forward to it. This hopefully will be my last year at Pierce College and in the spring I will graduate with my AA-DTA and transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in sports journalism. Sports and writing has always been a passion of mine and the opportunity to do both is something I cannot pass up. I am a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and basketball teams as well. If I am not watching or reading about sports I am usually listening to music or reading books. The genre of music I listen to the most is rap. Some of my favorite artists are Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, NF, The Underachievers, and many more. I also like to read fiction books and personal-growth books. I am excited for this upcoming year and will strive to give readers and students the information they deserve.

Pierce volleyball team serves into the new season

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