November 27, 2008

Change in position cements place in the record books

Some players are quiet leaders. Some players are vocal. And then some players bring the smiles to the timeouts.

Macall Wimer is more the latter. The Hazen senior knows there’s a time to be serious but volleyball should be fun too.

"We do get really serious and I kind of lighten it up a little, it’s just how I am. I always have to be goofy," Wimer said.

Bison head coach Kim Wolf agrees that Wimer brings a lot of humor to the team but the best word Wolf said she would use to describe Wimer is hustle.

"She plays all-out, all the time," Wolf said. "She is very determined."

That trait has paid off for Wimer, whose name will forever be synonymous with the Hazen volleyball defense. Wimer is only the second full-time libero that the Hazen program has used at the varsity level since the position was introduced in the fall of 2004. The first was Jenny Frantsen, a 2005 graduate that is now a stand out at Northland Community and Technical College. After this season, Wimer is second only to Frantsen in all the digging categories in the Hazen record books. In digs per match, Frantsen has 37 and Wimer 34; digs per season, Frantsen totals 437 and Wimer 432; and digs per career Frantsen is at 882 and Wimer 725.

"It’s awesome to be a part of something so big," Wimer said. "(At the libero position) you kind of set up the play. If that ball is good, it’s going to be an awesome set, an awesome hit."

But at first Wimer thought her name would be in the record books under assist categories, not digging. Wimer was on the varsity roster her freshman season. Then in her sophomore year, she saw limited playing time at the setter position with four-year starter Brianna Beecher.

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