Owls show great improvement in second year under Bowman

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PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - The UMPI volleyball team is very young this year, in fact the Owls don't have a single senior or junior on the squad. The team has made some big improvements from last year and have a lot to look forward to in the future.

"The best players from last year returned and they gave us leadership. We have other players, some of the freshman, step up already. Three players are giving us 2+ kills. Last year we only had one player do that," said head coach Jonathon Bowman.

"We all wanted to build the program up, we came here to build it up. I think that it makes it very good to see that we're doing what we set out to do," added sophomore Laura Aroz

"We've got a lot of girls that we recruited and they came from really great programs back home. I'm really glad they came across the country to play with us," explained sophomore Cheyenne McMillen

The Owls already have more wins than they did a year ago and have been able to compete with some of the stronger teams.

"It's an awesome, unreal feeling. It's great knowing we can compete with places like Fort Kent and Husson where they mopped the floor with us last year. It's great seeing we can go up against them and hold our own really," McMillen said.

"I'm very proud to be on this team and very proud to be a part of this program with coach Bowman and the rest of the girls on the team," Aroz added.

UMPI has sights set on the postseason moving forward.

"There's only two directions getting better or getting worse. My first goal is to make the playoffs and to win in the playoffs. And if we win we try to get in a couple of different national tournaments," Bowman said.