|Volleyball Athletic Trainers Provide Support|
Being a student athletic trainer for the women’s volleyball team is no easy task; just ask Maureen Lund, a sophomore from Huntington.
As one of the student athletic trainers for these Spartan athletes, Lund has definitely become part of the team. She must attend every practice and game, away or home, leaving her time left for homework, work and friends relatively small. Spending all of this time and effort is worth it, though, and Lund has realized that this is what she wants to be studying. “Being an athlete and having had injuries, I like being able to be there when an injury occurs,” Lund said.
She does not just deal with injuries, though. As part of her job, Lund must make sure that the volleyball team, who played hard against Defiance College on Oct. 3, yet ultimately fell short, stays properly nourished and remains hydrated. Along with those nutritional duties, Lund prefers the time before practices and games when she can actually help rehabilitate any of the injured athletes, get them taped and ready to play.
Lund has definitely been inspired by the women athletes she works with on a daily basis. These Spartans, who improved to 10-12 during their match with the Franklin College Grizzlies resulting in the team’s first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win on Oct. 6, do not let the exhaustion of school and practice get to them. These athletes have been practicing since the beginning of August and have remained hard working over the months.
In addition to the immense effort they put forth, Lund said that the team is “very positive and upbeat.” Because of their great attitudes, Lund said that all of the girls are very close. They are all friendly on and off of the court, probably contributing to their strong appearance as a team unit.
This weekend proved to be busy for the team having hosted a home triangular on Oct. 6. In addition to their win against Franklin College, in which players Kelsie Fieler stood out with 11 kills, Kelsie Thomas had 11 kills and 10 digs, Sarah Pruden added 19 kills and 13 digs, and Mikayla Munn added 43 assists, the women played against the non-conference team of St. Mary’s College of Indiana. Ultimately, they were ousted 15-11 but not without a fight from the Black and Gold.
In addition to their eventful day on Saturday, the Spartans hosted the Rose-Hulman engineers and had their annual alumni game after that. The Spartans lost after three sets. These games resulted in no injuries for the Spartans volleyball team, leaving Lund without anyone to rehabilitate. With plans for attending physical therapy after graduation, Lund will get her fair share of injured athletes to work with. Right now she is just happy that the women’s volleyball team is healthy and strong. With upcoming matches at Earlham College on Oct. 12 and at Denison University on Oct. 13, the team will need to be ready and able to compete.