ROCKFORD, Ill.- The Rockford University Regents Volleyball team comes into this season looking to build off of their seven wins from a year ago. In Curt Sivertsen's second year at the head of the program, the team returns five starters from a season ago and added some talented newcomers.
Returning to the court for the Regents is senior setter Taylor Rossi (Ingleside, Ill.). Rossi, who led Rockford in assists (491), assists per set (5.64), and service aces (25) last season, is a three-year letterwinner, at setter. Liberty Hartman (Freeport, Ill.) and Amanda Korte (Davis, Ill.) each return after starting last season for the Regents. This season both will take on new roles with Hartman moving from middle hitter to the outside and Korte moving to middle blocker from the right side this season. Madison Lanquist (Rockford, Ill.) returns for her junior season as a libero. Lanquist led Rockford in digs (275) and digs per set (3.16). Sophomore Alex Storey (Dexter, Mich.) returns for her second year at outside hitter. In 2015, Storey led all Regents in kills (130) and total points (162.5). Each of the returners are bringing valuable experience and a determination to improve from last season. "This team is made up of five returning starters who want to leave a positive legacy on the program." Sivertsen stated.
Five newcomers will take the court this season, each bringing intangibles that will benefit the Regents this season. Kayla Barthels (Fort Worth, Tex.) brings size and athleticism to the setter position. Kelsi Scott (Cornell, Ill.) brings good size and much needed experience up front to the middle hitter position. McKenna Turek (Rockford, Ill.) is a right side hitter who brings good ball control and size. August Guest (Lahaina, Hawaii) is an outside hitter who brings good athleticism and ball control. Olivia Ramos (Elgin, Ill.) is an outside hitter. All of the newcomers to the team are freshmen. "The five newcomers have brought into our gym intensity, outstanding work ethic and a passion to compete which have helped to elevate our standards for our team." Sivertsen noted.
"With the experience of our returners and the work ethic of our freshmen we are more of a complete team this year and we are seeing our program improve and move in the right direction." Sivertsen added.
The Regents volleyball team will begin their season September 2 against the University of Chicago in the Chicago Gargoyle Tournament.