Loyola women’s volleyball team captain Quinn Spieker has played a major role in the team’s 10-match turnaround from last year. The team finished 5-24 last season and is currently 15-11.
Her work as a leader and player has helped the Ramblers on the court during games. Head coach Amanda Berkley said Spieker, a junior, is one reason why the team has improved from last season.
“She’s had a great impact for us on the court,” Berkley said. “She has been so focused and wanting to get better and have a good season and so everything that she has done has been with a purpose and she’s just really helped our team have a big turn around from last year to this year.”
Berkley said Spieker hasn’t only been a good player — Spieker is leading the Ramblers in kills with 287 — but has also been reliable for the first-year coach, who loves to win.
“Yeah, she’s been huge for us in just even our transition,” Berkley said. “She has been working so hard and and we can definitely rely on her to do her job and be successful at it.”
Spieker, 21, has been consistently playing well on offense. She has tallied double-digit kills 18 times this season. Spieker said her mental focus has been the reason she’s been able to step up for the team.
“I [believe] when I was voted captain at the beginning of the season, I really was like, ‘Alright now’s my chance to lead the team,’” the marketing major said. “Everyone thinks I can do it, so I really stepped into that role and just have been taking advantage of it to lead the team.”
Junior setter Delilah Wolf broke in with Spieker at Loyola and said she’s grown as a leader whom the team can get behind throughout the season.
“I think she’s really stepped up as a leader,” Wolf said. “She’s taken her role as being a captain very seriously [and has] been a really good leader. It’s easy to follow her by example because she plays really hard but also says some really impactful things during games too.”
With nine double-doubles to her name this season, Spieker said her ability to concentrate is the reason for her scoring outburst.
“I just think every opportunity I have, I really focus in on each point,” Spieker said. “It’s been working out. Mostly working hard at it in practice and when the time comes in the match is when it’s time to execute and I think I’ve done a really good job at that.”
The Ramblers have only four matches left on their regular season schedule — two of which are at home. Spieker said the players need to stay focused on the near future and not get too far ahead of themselves.
“This weekend, we’re really excited about,” Spieker said. “I think we’re just really looking at one match at a time not trying to look too far ahead because the last couple wins can really be meaning a lot with seeding in the tournament and then once we get time to the tournament, one match at a time and hopefully we can do some good things.”
Spieker and the Ramblers are next scheduled to take on Illinois State University Nov. 9 at Gentile Arena.