By Zachary Flynn
The NAIT Ooks men’s volleyball closed out the first half of their season with a perfect home record and only dropping one match on the road at The King’s University, putting an end to their ten-game win streak.
This team success also comes as Greg Gulash is named interim head coach. Gulash has been with the team for seven seasons as an assistant coach but this year marks his first year in the head coach role.
Gulash said that regardless of who sat in the head coach role, the team had high expectations.
“They take being a student-athlete very seriously and they come to work every day with that attitude and that grind,” said Gulash.
The team had an incredibly strong start to the season, winning in straight sets in their first four games.
The team is ranked 7th in the country as of Nov. 26. The team peaked at the number six spot the week prior after being previously unranked.
“It’s just really rewarding seeing these guys being rewarded for their hard work,” said Gulash.
The team saw their bye week come on the last week of league-play in 2019, meaning they played every weekend since the beginning of the season. Right from the preseason, the team knew they needed to buckle up and prepare for the grind.
“Our guys are great at doing what’s asked of them so they saw the schedule, knew it would be a grind and they wanted to make sure they looked after their bodies,” said Gulash.
“Now [with the break], we can spend some time working on some of the small parts of the game and get better over December so we can come into January feeling a little bit better and a little bit stronger.”
The team returns on Jan. 10, 2020, hosting The King’s University at the NAIT gymnasium at 8:00 p.m.