In 2009, Valerie Armstrong took over the Vernon College volleyball program and won seven games. By 2012 she took the program to a 32-win season and the Lady Chaps were ranked 15th in the nation.
Not since 2013 has the Midwestern State volleyball program enjoyed a winning season, but the new Mustangs coach expects the win total to rise under her guidance.
“I just bring what I bring every game and we’re going to be one of the hardest working teams in the conference and I’m excited about the opportunity,” says Armstrong.
Defensive specialist Kristin Silva is back as one of only four players taking the court in all 31 matches last season.
Other Mustangs to keep an eye on this season include middle blocker Lauren Honeycutt, Oklahoma Baptist transfer and defensive specialist Julia Nelson and former Bowie standout, outside hitter Addy Cook.
The biggest whole the Mustangs have to fill is that of setter Kristin Aduddell, who recorded over 1,000 assists in 2017. Armstrong will turn to a pair of Mustangs to fill the role, Sarah Glawe and Julia Nelson.
“It’s a process,” says Armstrong. “It comes down to training the kids we have and recruiting. ANd just bringing in better than what we have a rise to that championship caliber I’m looking for.”
The last time MSU won a conference championship? 25 years ago. 1993