(Gainesville, Ga) The Brenau University Volleyball team competed at home on Saturday, September 17 against Bethel University. The first set was a loss for Brenau 3-25. The team struggled with settling into their rotation of the game. The points they earned in the first set were given from the opposing team, leaving a disappointing match to begin the game. The second and third set showed a different momentum of Brenau, they were out for a win. Brenau and the opposing team were head to head for the second set, yet Bethel delivered a heart wrenching loss for Brenau with a score of 21-25. The third set was a close game similar to the second set, having close calls by the referee about both Brenau and Bethel. The team put up a fight but the Golden Tigers just couldn’t grasp a win against Bethel, losing the third set 17-25. This leaves Brenau with a 2-10 record in the NAIA, Division I, and Southern States Athletic Conference. With the way the sets went, team captains Allie Smith and Pamela Konken want to focus on ways the team could improve for their next game on September 22, 2016 against William Carey University.
Team Captain Pamela Konken is currently a senior Psychology major from Stockbridge, Georgia. Pam is number 15 on the Brenau volleyball team. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, President of Panhellenic Council for 2016, a member of Order Omega, Rotaract, Psi Chi, as well as being the secretary and treasurer of Rho Lambda, and lastly the treasurer for the senior class in Student Government Association. This is her fourth consecutive year at Brenau playing volleyball and I got the pleasure of asking her a few questions after the game:
What excites you about the game?
“I love having my sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha come support me at my games. I always get excited thinking about all of the fans in the stands. ”
How much time do you spend practicing?
“We have practice everyday for about 2 and a half hours. We also have a preseason before school starts which consists of two or three practices a day. ”
How did you first get interested in volleyball?
“I wanted to play volleyball because my sister was on the high school team. I started playing when I was in 7th grade.”
Describe the teamwork involved in Brenau Volleyball.
“Volleyball is one of those sports where you need every single player on the court. I think this year’s team works great together and I’m really excited to see us all grow throughout the season.”
Which opponent do you look forward to playing against the most and why?
“I’m looking forward to every team we play, especially the conference games because I know that if Brenau plays to our full potential, we can play with the best.”