Chemistry always plays an important part in a teams success. The Bismarck State College Volleyball team headed into its season with high hopes and a main reason for that is team chemistry. In this week's Sports Spotlight, Jason Dumas profiles two Mystic athletes who helped form that chemistry, Madi Deibert and Leslie Beaudoin.
Madison Diebert and Leslie Beaudoin had successful freshman seasons at BSC. They started for a Mystics team that almost qualified for Nationals and they return as captains. The two long-time friends say that success comes from a bond they've formed over years of being teammates.
"We went to grade school together and we used to play on the same basketball team too, so we've been playing sports together since 6th grade," says Madison Deibert.
That bond made it easier for the Dickinson High grads to transition to volleyball at the collegiate level.
"It definitely helps. Lets say there isn't a perfect pass, I still know Madi is going to be able to do what she needs to do with cause she is a smart player," says Leslie Beaudoin.
The two's chemistry is something head coach Jeni Walsh noticed as soon as they stepped on the court together.
"You can tell that they've been in the gym together for a long time. Leslie is a high flier and has a lot of energy and Madi is a little bit more reserved; strong fundamentals and can be counted on in a big game. Leslie adds a lot of excitement. So two different personalities but yet play well together," says Jeni Walsh.
And after 8 years of playing sports together, this season will be their last and they have one common objective before finally parting ways.
"One of our big goals is to make it to Nationals because we almost made it there last season," says Deibert.
"Making it to nationals would be like the icing on the cake," says Beaudion.
Those are some lofty goals but it doesn't surprise their coach one bit.
"It's terrific to hear as a coach because outside of the gym you know that they are leading the team in the right direction off the court with those goals in the classroom, locker room, and anywhere we go," says Walsh.
Next year, Beaudoin plans on pursuing a career in athletic training while Deibert wants to get into nursing.
The Mystics started the season with four straight wins. They host the Labor Day Classic this week and BSC plays twice on Friday and Saturday.
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