OSKALOOSA, IA – The Heart of America Athletic Conference Council of Presidents (COP) has decided to move the 2020 Heart Women’s Volleyball Tournament, initially scheduled to begin this weekend, to Spring 2021. The COP made the announcement yesterday, affecting the William Penn volleyball team (14-7, 8-4 Heart) which was coming off a big four-set victory Friday over #18 Columbia (13-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19).
Statesmen Head Coach Aleesha Cleaver told Ottumwa Radio that she and the squad were looking forward to entering the postseason after a win, but despite the news, Cleaver believes her team will be ready to go whenever the time comes.
“This past weekend we had a really big win and I felt like we had a lot of momentum going into this weekend, and that was something that was going to be fun to feed off of, but we’re going to have to find some more momentum in the Spring,” Cleaver said. “I know the girls, more than anything, they’re excited to get an opportunity to have like a second season in the Spring.”
Tournament dates and an official bracket are still to be determined and will be announced at a later date. In the mean time, the Statesmen will have a hiatus from practice until after the holidays, but Cleaver expects they’ll be ready to attack their preparation in January ahead of postseason play.
“I think it’s our senior leadership, just the great team culture we have,” Cleaver explained on why she’s confident William Penn will be ready to play. “Them being this competitive and wanting to fight, I saw that sparkle in their eye yesterday…I think right now the girls just want to keep working hard, keep pushing, and know that whenever that first postseason game is it’s survive-and-advance and we have to do whatever it takes to get on to the next one.”