CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- Caren Kemner knew success wouldn't come overnight.
She inherited the Culver-Stockton volleyball program in 2011 and the Lady Wildcats lost 20 more matches than they won that fall.
Last season, the team's progress was on display on a nightly basis. That squad won 17 times en route to finishing just a game below the .500 mark.
And now this season the Lady Wildcats have started the season with 11 wins in their first 14 matches with confidence gained with each victory.
The best part?. They think they can win every time they hit the floor.
"We control our own destiny and I love that," sophomore Kamrin Gold said.
"I think that's awesome and I'm just excited to be keep going and keep getting to a higher level of play."
According to freshman and QHS alum India Green, "I'd say that confidence is definitely key with us. I think as long as we put enough heart into it then we can (win) every match."
Sophomore Abbie Foster says team unity has been positive.
"We have to really have a lot of trust in each other and continue working as hard as we have been at practice, and just keeping a positive attitude about everything."
Kemner has increased the talent pool with the addition of Gold, a University of Maryland transfer, and brought in a freshman class loaded with star power.
Couple with that a handful of upper classmen and it's no secret how they've become so successful, so quick.
"If you look at it mathematically it's probably given us six more wins," Kemner said of the talent infusion.
"I think more than anything it gives me comfort as a coach knowing that I can look to anybody on my bench, and I really don't lose a step. Last year I think that's where we really struggled, we were really young with not many options. This year we're a year older with a lot more options."
Senior Jacklyn Strouse claims the Lady Cats are more imposing than they've been in some time.
"It's exciting to have a real tall team because previously we weren't really tall," Strouse said.
"It's something different and I like it a lot, and it's a good combination."
Next up for Culver-Stockton is a trip to Bloomington on Friday for the two day Illinois Wesleyan Tournament before returning home for Tuesday's monster matchup against No. 18 Missouri Baptist.
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