Volleyball looks to right the ship after a rocky start


The Nicholls State Volleyball team is 4-12 after losing 3-0 their latest conference game to the McNeese State Cowgirls.

The Colonels started their season on the road as they played in the Tiger Brawl tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The team dropped their first game against the University of Memphis by a score of 3-2, but they would go on to win their next two games against Southern University and Central Michigan University.

The Colonels then returned home to host the 2022 Colonel Classic. They opened the tournament with another win over Southern University but suffered two losses to the University of California San Diego and Southern Illinois University.

After the Colonel Classic, Nicholls hit the road for nine straight road games. During that stretch, the Colonels went 1-8 with their lone victory, coming in their first conference game against the University of Incarnate Word.

Senior setter Lilly Bivens leads the team in assists with 299, while senior outside hitter Devon Bright leads the team in kills with 145. Sophomore defensive specialist Kadie Becnel leads the team in digs with 223 on the season.

Even though things have been rocky for the Colonels, Head Coach Kallie Noble is optimistic that the team can turn things around.

“I think that we’re starting to stabilize a little bit and I feel like we’re on the upswing,” said Noble. “We have a young team and [at] some points we have four freshmen on the floor, so considering we were on the road for so long we have the opportunity to be back at home. So, I think we’re getting to go on that upswing and get some more dubs.”

Noble also expressed how impressed she is with how well the team bonds together and the way they play with experience on the court.

“I’m very impressed with our team chemistry and the energy our team brings. I’m also impressed that even though we’re young, we don’t play like a young team,” said Noble.

Senior setter Lilly Bivens also shared some insight on the team’s performance up to this point in the season. 

“We just have really good chemistry in the team right now. It’s just all positive vibes and I think our energy when we play is just so high,” said Bivens.

Bivens also alluded to the fact that the team is focused and locked in heading into conference play.

“I think we’re just more focused and driven because it is conference and we do have to finish at least top eight, so we’re striving to take each game one at a time to put ourselves in a good position at the end of the year,” said Bivens.

The Colonels continue conference play as they look to right the ship and get some wins.