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Volleyball’s sophomores make presence felt

Bobby Ulrich

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The Pacific University Volleyball team’s “Super Sophomores” are making their presence felt in the Northwest Conference as they have achieved a 10-1 record overall, going 4-0 in conference play. Sophomore outside hitter Karlee Duncan has helped lead the Boxers to this 10 game winning streak.

With five double doubles already recorded this season, Duncan has consistently put up impressive numbers.

“Our sophomore class is very strong, and we mesh well with the upperclassmen.” Duncan said. “We stay calm and collected, but also bring a high maturity and energy level to each match.”

Mila Ivkovic, middle blocker and member of the “Super Sophmores” has complimented Duncan’s play with clutch kills and blocks that get the Boxers back into the game. Returners like junior Morgan Mendicino, sophomore Ellie Parker and senior Anna VanderWeyst, have also played well throughout the season.

“Everyone’s very optimistic and has high energy, which makes us a very strong and cohesive unit,” Duncan said. “We have a good mix of returners with new players that have come together really well.”

Duncan believes the team’s focus is sharp enough to continue a steady win streak in competitive conference play.

“Every single person is looking forward to the upcoming conference matches,” Duncan said. “Our conference is very even, and anyone can come out on top. We take each game one at a time.”

With 12 conference games, the Boxers are going to continue to rely on Duncan’s leadership and consistency in hopes attaining a conference championship and a chance at the playoffs.

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