The Montclair State Women’s Basketball team is coming off the heels of a 26-3 season resulting in another tough loss in the NCAA Division III Tournament putting an end to yet another stellar season. Now that they are heading into the start of the 2017-2018 season they will more than likely be seeking to repeat the great success they had last year while taking that next step as well.
The Red Hawks have won 5 consecutive NJAC Championships and have made 3 consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances reaching the Final Four in 2015. With the loss of their senior leaders Rachael Krauss, Sage Bennett and Zoe Curtis, MSU will have to rely on their new seniors as well their up-and-coming underclassmen to step up.
Led by Katie Sire, the reigning NJAC Player of the Year, and fellow team captains Kate Tobie and Domonique Wirsing, MSU is well equipped with experienced and poised players to lead the way and be mentors to the younger players.
During practices Tobie, Sire and Wirsing portray their leadership abilities, especially to the underclassmen on the team, as they usually are the ones to lead the drills and encourage their teammates to push themselves.
It is evident, given their consistency over the past 5 seasons, that Head Coach Karin Harvey always has her players working hard and focused. Harvey has quite the resume herself. She has been named NJAC Coach of the Year 5 times in her career and is coming off her third consecutive award.
Harvey doesn’t push her players too hard physically during practices, as they only have 2 hour practices for 6 days a week. Although, she, along with assistant coaches Courtney Cunningham and Colleen O’Connell, always ensure that their team is locked in and focused on the task at hand.
With the formula of a great coaching staff, a superstar player in Sire and a roster full of talent, it would be wise to deduce that it will be another season for the books for the women of MSU Basketball.
The Red Hawks’ ultimate goal is to win yet another NJAC title as well as returning to the NCAA Division III Tournament, only this time to win it all.
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