The Luther College volleyball team, under the direction of Head Coach Brittany Sisk, has been picked to finish second in the American Rivers Conference. The announcement was made today when the preseason coaches' poll was released.
Sisk, who begins her first year at the helm of the Norse program, has nine letter winners, including five starters returning from last year's team that posted a conference record of 6-2, 16-10 overall.
Sisk takes over the Norse program after serving as head volleyball coach at Dominican University, River Forest, Ill. During her one year at Dominican, she led the Stars to a record of 17-13 and received votes in the top-25 Division III national poll.
Prior to Dominican, she was the head volleyball coach at Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana, an NCAA II program for three years. She has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and as a volunteer assistant coach at Bethel University, Arden Hills, Minn.
A Minnesota native, Sisk earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education at St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota, in 2011. On the volleyball court, she was a three-year starter and team captain and twice named team MVP. During her three years as a starter, the Cardinals posted an overall record of 62-33 and also earned an NCAA III National Tournament berth her senior year. Individually, she finished third in the nation in assists and completed her career ranked second on the Cardinal’s all-time list in this same category.
Top returners for the Norse include seniors Natalie Cote (Defensive Specialist, Woodbury, Minn./Hill Murray), Anna Larson (Outside Hitter, Edina, Minn.), Katie Shabatura (Middle Blocker, Apple Valley, Minn.), Emma Veum (Middle Blocker, Eagan, Minn./Eastview) and juniors Karissa Kime (Outside Hitter, Stewartville, Minn.) and Sam Sixta (Setter, Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk). Veum and Sixta were 2017 all-conference selections and Larson was named honorable mention all-conference. Shabatura missed all of last season due to an injury and was named all-conference in 2016.