BOZEMAN — Early Thursday morning the Big Sky Conference announced that all fall sports have been postponed until the spring of 2021. This includes cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball. Non-conference games have also been canceled, which includes football. Montana State head volleyball coach Daniel Jones was disappointed but understanding.
“We’ve been watching, we’ve been tracking on it," said Jones. "We’ve been talking to the team about it, so (it's) certainly not out of the blue."
The MSU volleyball team is coming off a 15-14 2019 season and just started practicing for the 2020 season.
"It's disappointing, no doubt," said Jones. "But do I understand and support the decision? For sure. At the end of the day when you’re putting the athletes' health and safety first, it’s a good thing. Purely from a coach's standpoint, I’m pretty disappointed.”
His players were surprisingly optimistic and looked at the news as an opportunity to get better.
“The individual feedback is, 'Hey, we have more time, we got more time to be our best come the spring,'" Jones said. "I’m really proud of the women in our program for buying into that and for seeing this situation with optimism and with hope.”
As of right now, Jones is unsure of how the rest of the fall will look for the team in regards to practice.