STLCC Women’s Volleyball returns to Meramec
The St. Louis Community College Women’s Volleyball team returns to the Meramec campus for the first time in nearly five years, according to new Head Coach Chris Arbini.
As of now, the team has amassed a record of 1-9, losing six consecutive games.
With no returning players and a new coach, the team looks to “come back with a bang,” said Team Captain Kellie Schramm.
Arbini said although the process was challenging [new roster, new location, new direction], he accepted the task with great excitement.
“When I was hired in January, I was given the very unusual task of building a competitive, collegiate athletics team literally from the ground up. It has been fun going out and recruiting athletes. It has just been fun building the team,” Arbini said.
Schramm had a lot to say about the return of women’s volleyball at Meramec. She said that she wants to “make them proud to have another volleyball team”
Schramm said he feels confident about the program and went on to say that this team will “set a precedent for years to come.”
When asked about the team chemistry, Schramm said “chemistry is awesome. From week one of playing with these girls we fell in love with each other.”
With the season going strong and many challenges ahead of them the team “has a lot to prove,” said Schramm. As the season goes on Arbini said “like the age old saying, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
The hardest aspect of coaching this team is “equalizing the playing level, getting everybody onto the same page and as a team moving forward,” Arbini said.
On the flipside, the easiest aspect of coaching this team is “getting the girls to work together,” Arbini said.
With a “big picture mentality,” Arbini said, “in the long run, we are going to be a good program.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this program,” Arbini said.
When asked about his thoughts on volleyball returning to Meramec, Arbini said, “It’s a great thing for the college in general and a wonderful thing for the Meramec campus.”