SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Expect the unexpected. Freshman Hannah Reister (Mason, Mich.) has learned this all too well. The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team may have lost to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Indiana University-South Bend in four sets on Thursday, Sept. 20, but Reister showed she was ready step in and help where needed.
Reister, who was diagnosed with cancer just weeks after verbally committing to Olivet last fall, has learned life throws things at you and you go with it. Having finished treatments over the summer, Reister has been working on getting back into playing form. Day in and day out she has pushed herself to be ready to help her team. With McKenzie Thompson (Plano, Texas) out for the season with an injury and another teammate unavailable to play, Reister stepped in.
“Hannah really stepped in tonight and helped us out,” commented head coach Brenda Williams. “She has been working extremely hard to get herself back to where she knows she once was. Tonight we needed her and she was there for the team. We almost wore her out, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s a fighter.”
Playing in all four sets, Reister ended the match with nine kills to just three errors for a .273 attack percentage. She also added eight digs. Senior Carolyn Goettsch (Utica, Mich.) continued where she left off last match, adding 10 kills and three blocks.
Sophomore libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) ended the night with a season-high 19 digs. Freshmen Melissa Bartholowmew (Newton, Iowa) and Carly Wenzelman (Bonfield, Ill.) added 13 and 12 digs, respectively.
Olivet travels Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to take on Crimson Wave at 7p.m.