After four months of waiting, the Raiders volleyball team was awarded their national championship rings Wednesday during the halftime of the men’s basketball game. The ceremony included the players, their family members and their fans.
“It was something that we had worked really hard for,” said Head Coach Chip Will. “We pride ourselves on family it was a celebration for everyone.”
The Raiders were 39-1 on their way to winning the title.
“I was pretty excited for this night,” sophomore setter Kaitlyn Wolters said. “I’ve been waiting four months for this. It’s reassurance that we actually won.”
The team was greeted with a standing ovation from their family and fans for their accomplishment.
“We waited so long for this night,” said freshman Emily Johnson, right side backer. “It was almost liked a surprised because of the wait.”
The championship was the Raiders’ first in school history and the first women’s championship as well.
“It was an outstanding night,” Athletic Director Charlie Wells said. “The students worked hard for this, and they did something that was very special. It was an awesome way to end a storybook season.”
The Raiders now look forward to next season when they plan to defend their title.
“I’m excited for next season. I want to fill up my hand with rings,” freshman outside hitter Tayler Friend said. It was the best way to wrap up a great season.”