DULUTH, MN -- UMD women's basketball head coach Mandy Pearson received the call that no coach wanted to hear during the age of COVID on Sunday. Their road game against Winona State was canceled due to positive tests within the opposing program.
Due to HIPPA rules, UMD cannot reveal how many players they are down due to positive tests and quarantining. But the ones that are eligible to play are back to practice.
It certainly wasn't how the team wanted to start the season.
"It went so well on Saturday. And their administration is doing a great job. They're following the protocols. I think we just though we were going to be fine. You're seeing programs across the board having issues with COVID testing. It was a surprise because we thought we could play. I think us and our players are pretty mentally prepared. Just since this whole thing started. Every day is going to be completely different," said head coach Mandy Pearson.
"From a senior standpoint, the coaches set such a great example of positivity. But it's also coming from the freshman, the sophomores, it doesn't really matter who you are on the team, it just helps that energy and positivity that they bring each day. And some people aren't in the gym this week but they're still giving off those positive vibes which is really huge for our group," said senior guard Ann Simonet.
UMD takes on Minot state at home this weekend.
The men's team isn't as fortunate to be playing this weekend as their series against Minot State on the road was called off earlier this week.
This is due to positive tests within the Winona men's basketball program and the exposure that the UMD players experienced during Saturday's game against the Warriors. Sunday's game was called off.
It's definitely a huge blow for a team that was just getting started but that's the world of sports that we are living in.
"We've talked a lot about taking things day by day but I guess we need to talk about taking things hour by hour. It definitely stung a little bit not getting to play. But it is what it is and we'll continue to move forward," said head coach Justin Wieck.
"We were all kind of bummed and upset but it's kind of something that we have to be prepared for this season with the unexpected times. Doing what we can and when we can play we gotta go out there and play and make the best of it." said freshman forward Austin Andrews.
This weekend's series will not be made up.