The Swedes finished the 2015 season 9th as well.
Kim Stringer will lead the Bethany College volleyball into 2016, as the senior from California was named to the All-Kansas Collegiate Association Conference (KCAC) Preseason Volleyball Team.
Stringer was the lone representative from Bethany, and a member of the All-KCAC Second Team last season.
The Swedes were picked ninth by the KCAC coaches, which is where they finished the 2015 season.
Bethany finished 9-22 in Head Coach Cheri Lindsay’s second season. The Swedes were 5-15 in conference and 14 games back of first place Ottawa.
“I am okay with us being voted ninth overall for this year,” Lindsay said. “It’s definitely an improvement from last year.”
Carli Vahsholtz is coming off a solid sophomore campaign, in a season where she gained honorable mention team.
The Swedes have a senior duo of Elleen Vlamis and Nikita Nelson, that will fill some holes left by the class of 2015.
“We will be just fine this year and continue to work hard,” Lindsay said. “It gives us something to work toward.”
The Swedes were a youthful team and bring a lot of fire power back from last year. Bethany graduated four, but have the potential to improve off a sub .500 team.
“We definitely want to make it to the playoffs; that would be a big deal for our program.” Lindsay said.
Bethany begins the Missouri Valley Tournament in Marshall, Missouri, and will play four different teams from Aug. 26-27.
It’s then a quick turn around on Aug. 31, when Bethany opens up KCAC play in Leavenworth against University of Saint Mary.
Bethany competes in two more non conference tournaments; the Concordia University Tournament and the Johnson and Wales University Tournament.
The KCAC schedule pits all 11 teams up against each other twice, with both teams getting a shot to win on home floor.
The Swedes will take an underdog mentality throughout the season, which might work to their advantage if nobody sees them coming.
“We are the underdog and I’m perfectly fine with that,” Lindsay said. “We will continue to work hard.”
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