UMPI Volleyball: A Program on the Rise

PRESQUE ISLE, Me. (WAGM) - It's homecoming weekend over at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, but one of the teams is hitting the road. That team is women's volleyball, a program which has gone from barely competitive to a contender in the NAC.

"Every year the team has gotten better," head coach Jonathon Bowman said. "We've gotten more numbers, more players, all of our stats have gone up and all of our wins have gone up."

Bowman is in his third year coaching the Owls. When he stepped on campus he inherited a program, which was in the midst of a six year stretch where they won a total of 12 games.

"The program has gone from not very good, to sort of competing , to having winner seasons," Junior Laura Aroz said.

Aroz hails from Arizona and she was on the ground floor. Her first year they won five games, last year they won eleven and she credits her coach for being a big part of the success.

"We have a lot of potential, to see players like ourselves growing and to have that love for the game and him nurture it and put it to work has been awesome," Aroz said.

The Owls have won six of their last seven games and they have three big road games this weekend. Their record is currently seven and five, well on their way to eclipsing last year's win total.