By Seth J. Walker
The Rochester College Warriors had a tough 2017 season (9-22, 2-13 WHAC), and are picked to finish ninth in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) this season. What these factors don’t consider, however, is that the Warriors are returning 12 players from last year’s roster, including seven seniors.
Two of those seniors, outside hitter, Laura Wilson and setter, Jazlyn Teichow, both hail from North Branch, Michigan and will be two-year starters for the Warriors after transferring from other schools. Wilson came to Rochester College from Central Michigan last year while Teichow came from Oakland Community College.
Another transfer is expected to make an impact this year, though she’s not a senior. Redshirt freshman setter/opposite side hitter, Jaelynn Block comes from Northwood University and is expected by head coach, Shannon Billings to make an immediate impact “with her pure strength and knowledge of the game.”
The Warriors want to prove that last season is in the past and this year’s preseason rankings won’t predict their on-court performance.
“Our goals for this season include pushing to be top half in the WHAC and making it a point to make it to the conference tournament, and perform well there,” Billings said. “With bringing in transfers and one freshman we believe this team will have a great work ethic that will make them stronger than they were last year.”