This Saturday will be the last home game and senior day for the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team. The Skylights will honor their elders before they leave the program. Senior Elissa Lind expects it to be an emotional day, but is confident that she and her teammates can handle their emotions in the face of Carroll College in the Armory Gymnasium.
“I think we’ll have it in the bag. We’ll definitely have to work hard for that, but I think we’ll be excited and ready to win,” said Lind.
2020 was originally intended to be his senior season, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lind and all of the other seniors were granted an additional year of eligibility. Lind had planned to return for this semester as a student coach, but was happy to be back on the pitch for one more season.
“I had the opportunity to play and improve, which is really exciting because I have really improved a lot this semester,” said Lind.
Lind’s last season didn’t go well as she missed the first few weeks of the season due to injury. She returned to rotation in early September and has been a key part of the team ever since. This fall, she recorded 89 kills, 178 digs and nine aces on serve.
Lind took a long way to get to the MSU-N volleyball program. She started playing volleyball in fifth grade at Hardin before attending Western Wyoming Community College where she continued to play. MSU-N head coach Jerry Wagner contacted her and convinced her to return to Montana.
During her time on the program, Lind enjoyed making friends and memories with the team. She also learned the value of hard work during her Skylight career. While playing volleyball at MSU-N, Lind majored in Integrated Health Sciences. After graduating from college, she plans to start acupuncture in Portland or Seattle next fall. However, she plans to return home to Montana.
The Skylights have two more games at the Armory Gymnasium to end the regular season. Friday night they will play Montana Tech, then they will play Carroll College on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.
HDN: How was your last season after coming back from injury?
Lind: “I was really excited to come back and play six rotations. Once I started playing six rotations it was definitely a lot more fun, but winning this year has been really nice. The team dynamic is so much. different than the last two years and it’s been really fun playing with the girls. “
HDN: Who would you give credit to for helping you become the volleyball player you are now?
Lind: “My head coach from high school. She really helped me fall in love with the game and even still, she just watched our game at Dillon and having it there was nice. Her love for volleyball has definitely rubbed off. on me.”
HDN: What is your approach to volleyball?
Lind: “One thing I really try to pay attention to is being mentally tough because volleyball is a game of mistakes. If you’re the one who makes mistakes, just go for it. point by point.”
HDN: As an outside hitter, what are the challenges and responsibilities of this position?
Lind: “Just being a leader and being able to keep the ball in play and then out of the system of play when the passer doesn’t have a second ball. By playing six spins, you’re in the game all the time so you get a feel for the whole dynamic and everything like that, so just communicating and being a leader is important. “
HDN: What do you like to do in your free time?
Lind: “After I finish my studies here I go to Bi Sky station and work there so I snowboard and love snowboarding so it’s pretty exciting. So read and hang out with friends. “