The University of Wisconsin -
Stevens Point women’s volleyball
team is all set for the 2013 season.
The Pointers began the season
ranked 25th in Division III and have
experienced an up and down start,
going 5-3 in early non-conference
The team has made many changes
during the offseason, including a
transition at the head coach position.
Abbey Sutherland was hired for
the position and brings nine years
of coaching experience from the
University of Southern Mississippi.
Coach Sutherland, a West Bend
native, was brought back to her home state and is excited for her new
“I felt really at home here,”
Sutherland said on joining the UWSP
athletic program. “I feel this is a place
where you can be successful and that
was another reason I really thought it
was a good opportunity for me.”
With the departure of six seniors
from last year’s team and the addition
of nine freshmen to counter the loss, a
focal point would naturally be in the
leadership of the team.
Coach Sutherland expects a lot of
leadership out of her captains, senior
Allison Davis, junior Sarah Breuer
and junior Alexis Hartman.
Davis, the team’s only senior,
was named Wisconsin Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference Volleyball Athlete of the Week in the Pointers
opening weekend tournament.
While this is Davis’s last year, the
transition to a new head coach did
not seem to be a challenge for her;
instead it was a new opportunity for
her to develop more as a player.
“She incorporated a lot of new
drills that we haven’t done before.
We have to work as a team in order to
succeed with those drills,” Davis said.
Coach Sutherland has a strong
work ethic for the team as they
are taking tasks day by day and
developing through the little victories
in technique and skill.
Davis is helping her younger
teammates by giving them advice,
encouragement, and leadership
because she understands that the team is young.
“They are all really hard workers,” Davis said. “I think if we keep fighting
and keep the competitive mode inside
us, we’ll keep getting better. We have
a lot of potential, a lot of good talent
on the team. So we’ll just keep going
up from where we started.”
Despite a few setbacks, the UWSP
women’s volleyball team has come
together and is looking for a strong
With solid leadership all across
the board, the Pointers hope to make
this season as good as last years, if
The Pointers have their first
home match versus the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater on September
25 at 7 p.m.