Lady Pioneer Volleyball PreviewBy Jacob Clevenger | August 29th, 2013 | Category: Sports | No Comments »
As school starts back this semester, many students are preparing for much more than attending classes. This is certainly the case for the Glenville State College volleyball team. Although classes come first for the Lady Pioneers, this year’s squad is hitting the court with a point to prove. After being predicted to finish eleventh out of 12 teams in the inaugural Mountain East Conference preseason poll, the Lady Pioneers feel as if they have several people to prove wrong. Returning sophomore netter Rachel Morris expressed a popular opinion of the team regarding the preseason poll. Morris stated, “The new conference has a total of 12 teams this year. The preseason poll picked us to finish eleventh in the Mountain East Conference. However, I disagree.” Morris backed this disagreement by addressing the team’s determination going into the season. Morris went on to say “I believe all of our hard work and determination will show this season.”
However, determination can only take a team so far. Luckily for head coach Camai Roberson, the Lady Pioneers return eight players from last year’s squad. Amongst these eight returning player are four out of the top five scorers from last season. This experience combined with a talented group of newcomers may be the recipe for success that the Lady Pioneers have been searching for in recent years. With turning players such as Dejana Ludoski and Ella Messinger, this year’s team has plenty of experience to build upon. Contributions from returning and new players alike will leave the team in great shape offensively and defensively. Morris stated that this year’s squad has a new focus that goes beyond simply fine tuning their skills on the court.
Morris stated, that the teams main focus for the season was mental toughness. She stressed that for this team the mental toughness aspect is something that will immensely help during the heat of the season. Coming off of a losing season, it seems that simply believing that the team can win will be a major step towards a successful season.
The Lady Pioneers will aim to have both their mental and physical toughness in tune for their season opener on September 7. Lucky for fans of the Lady Pioneers the season begins at home as the team hosts an invitational tournament. This two day tournament will be an excellent opportunity for students and fans to come and check out this year’s team in action. A full schedule can be found at glenville.edu/athletics.