New Orleans, La. - The Loyola women’s volleyball team opened its 2011 season with practice today in the DEN. The Wolfpack initiated its first of 29 preseason practice days at 9 a.m. followed by its second and third sessions at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The first session highlighted on serving and passing, the second session focused on individual position training, and the third session was a full team practice.
“This is an exciting time of year,” Coach Tommy Harold said. “As usual the emphasis in our pre-season training will be on the fundamentals and a lot of individual techniques. Initially we need to take care of the individual stuff and keep rolling to get to the point where we can compete at the level we are looking for."
The ‘Pack’s 2011 roster consists of twelve returning players in seniors Gina Gill, Amanda Oldani, Ashley England, Lindsay Mullinix and Kaki Johnson, juniors Samantha Worsham and Kailey Tuthill, and sophomores Sabrina Stansberry, Jennifer Simon, Shelby Plant, Alex Blitzer and Kaitlyn Broadbent. Joining the returnees are freshmen Tiffany Walker, Kelsey Wood, Becca Burnett, Rachael Lopez, Kara Nishimuta, O’Neal McMullan and Lauren Brand, transfer student Mia Frugé, and former Loyola basketball player Libby Collyer.
“We are excited about the roster this season and what we want to see in all of our players, especially the freshmen, is continued improvement,” Harold added. “The talent and the physical ability are there. They will need to understand what it takes to be successful and what they have to do at their position, and they just have to work at it to become good."
Loyola plays its first match of the season on August 27 when they head right down the road to take on a familiar foe Southern University at New Orleans. The ‘Pack will then travel to San Antonio, Texas to take on the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and Trinity University on September 2. The first match in the Den will take place on September 4 against Xavier at 6 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. For more ticket information, call (504) 864-PACK.