Duluth, Minn. — The UMD volleyball team has officially found themselves as the number sixth ranked team in the recent AVCA preseason polls… and a good reason for that has to do with Emily Torve who is back for her senior season as the pillar setter at the net.
Torve-Balts is in year five with the dawgs and has built herself up as what head coach Jim Boos calls the quarterback of this Bulldog offense. If there is one position that calls for consistency, it’s the setter position… and with a few years under her belt, and a spot on the All-American second team… you can bet that this squad has their trust in the veteran.
“Having someone who’s been our quarterback of our offense for the last three years be out there again for one more go is exciting,” said Boos. “You know the conversation we have after graduating four or five seniors is going to be a very different conversation.”
“I’ve only had Emily as my setter here and it’s just nice to have that consistency especially in that setting position,” said junior outside hitter Emily Berg. “And we have so much confidence in her.”
“Having that experience kind of calms the nerves and can kind of just focus on talking to the younger ones cause I’ve heard the speeches before and what we’re learning and just help each other out and then focus on the team cohesiveness,” said Torve.
UMD opens up its season at home on September 20th against Upper Iowa. That game will be broadcast on My9 Sports.