On September 18, HBU volleyball swept Grambling, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-18), in Nacogdoches, Texas, for head coach Trent Herman’s 200th career victory.
Herman is in his 10th season at HBU and has recorded 157 of those 200 wins with the Huskies. He previously spent two seasons as the head coach across town at the University of St. Thomas.
This season has seen its challenges, beginning with assistant coach Molly Howard Gerwig’s cancer diagnosis in May. Then, the Huskies were without three-time all-conference outside hitter Mikayla Vivens for the first month of the season, as well as other injuries to starters throughout September.
Despite the fluid lineup, HBU was able to pull off one of the most stunning victories during Herman’s tenure as the Huskies downed TCU, 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 28-26, 16-25, 15-13), Sept. 10 in Fort Worth. Thanks to a stellar recruiting class and the steady leadership of junior setter Ellie Wipf, HBU was able to get out to a 9-5 start heading into Southland Conference play.
The volleyball program has been solid for the decade under Herman’s leadership, advancing to the Southland Conference Tournament all eight seasons HBU has been in the league. While a Southland title has been elusive, the Huskies have advanced to the championship match once and the semifinals three times.
Southeastern was originally scheduled to host the Southland Conference Tournament in Hammond, but with storm damage throughout southern Louisiana, the event has been moved to Houston. The Huskies will host the championship for the first time Nov. 18-21 in Sharp Gym.