A Serve of The Season: Women’s Volleyball

What you need to know about women’s 2021 volleyball season. From stats, wins, loses, and a new head coach.


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The Anoka Ramsey Community College Women’s Volleyball Team during a recent volleyball match.

Kodie Maki

The 2021 volleyball season started strong with 3 out of 4 wins in August.  The team closed their season with a 1-3 loss to Western Technical College at conference divisions. The team played hard through the season with 519 kills and 2,081 attacks. 

Towards the end of the season, the team welcomed its new head coach, Nicole Christensen. Christensen was already the assistant coach for the team.  She started coaching when she was only 17 years old. After high school, she went to Gustavus Adolphus College. Christensen minored in coaching. In college, Christensen coached for Sky High Volleyball. She then moved on to be the varsity assistant coach for Forest Lake High School.  

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ARCC Women’s Volleyball Team picture on campus. Makayla Elliot (top far left, 12), Maritza Munn (top left, 2), Shianna Kiewel (top middle, 1), Aliyah Gordan (top right, 28), Kasey Manivanh (top far right, 15), Jenni Caro (bottom far right, 22), Amy DeLuna (bottom right, 3), Gabby Lembcke (bottom middle, 5), Katrina Donohue (bottom left, 23), and Grace Frost (bottom far left, 24) (Melody L. Hoffmann)

Christensen said she values helping her players find balance in their lives.  

“Juggling athletics, school, and a life outside of school can be challenging but I’m here to be an advisor to the players during their time at Anoka-Ramsey to help them become the best versions of themselves, as a player and as a person, Christensen said. “I look forward to creating a successful program and more importantly, successful student-athletes. My personal motto is ‘1%’ – to strive to get 1% better every day.”