Former player Bailey Anderson leading Blue Knights
Bailey Anderson, a former player on the women’s volleyball team at Dakota County Technical College, is the program’s new head coach. Anderson was an outside hitter for two seasons, the team’s inaugural year, 2011–2012, and second year, 2012–2013. She is looking forward to the challenge of coaching a team coming off a disappointing 3–13 season.
“We have four players returning from last year’s squad,” Anderson said. “One of my early priorities is building team chemistry. The season ahead is going to be intense, but fun.”
DCTC volleyball competes at the NJCAA Division II level. The Blue Knights went 12–14 under Ben Stroud in the team’s first year. Anderson takes over from Jason Uller, who coached two seasons, turning in the team’s best record at 16–9, but following up with just three wins in 2013–2014.
Anderson lettered in volleyball at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. She has coached Eastview Junior Olympics volleyball at both the head and assistant levels. She is working on her A.A.S. degree in Exercise & Sport Science at DCTC with plans to eventually attend Augsburg College as a health, physical education and exercise science major. Her goal is to pursue a career as an athletic trainer.
“Volleyball has been my passion since I was seven years old,” Anderson said. “I love how the game emphasizes shifts in momentum. One play can turn everything around.”
- Age: 19
- Hometown: Delano, Minn.
- Residence now: Delano, Minn.
- Favorite things about volleyball: “I love the team energy on the court and the atmosphere during games.”
- Favorite things about DCTC: “We have a small, open and diverse community on campus. You get to meet people of all ages and backgrounds. DCTC is a comfortable, affordable place to go to school.”
- Favorite pastime: Cruising in her car with country music cranked
Jordan Meyer, a 5’10 sophomore, played outside hitter for the Blue Knights in 2013–2014. Meyer has excelled at competitive volleyball since the seventh grade. She chose DCTC as a way to gain experience playing volleyball at the collegiate level while taking general education classes that will transfer to a four-year college or university.
“My long-range career goal is to work as an athletic trainer for a major professional sports franchise,” Meyer said. “I would also like to play NCAA volleyball after DCTC.”
Meyer is excited about competing for a new coach and bonding with her fellow players. She wants Blue Knights fans to fill the seats during games. Meyer’s family alone would make a small crowd on game day. She has six sisters and brothers, Mataya, 22, Dominick, 21, Sidney, 17, Alec, 14, Myka, 9, and Mylee, 8.
“Our team will compete with a lot of intensity,” Meyer said, “and we really like when fans come out to support us.”
The 2014–2015 season begins Aug. 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. with an away game at St. Cloud Technical & Community College. The Blue Knights will host Hibbing Community College in their first home game Aug. 30 at noon; at 4 p.m. that same day, they take on the Waldorf College JV. The Knights play their home games at the High Performance Academy in Eagan, Minn. If you would like to play NJCAA DII volleyball for DCTC, you can notify Coach Anderson via a brief online form at Recruit Me.
To learn more about volleyball at DCTC, visit GoBlueKnights.com. For more information about the team, contact:
- Bailey Anderson
Volleyball Head Coach