Conference play begins

By Ashley Helliwell
On September 20, 2012

When most of ASU fans were focused on the football game against Nebraska, the ASU Volleyball team defeated No. 21 ranked Northern Iowa and Bradley University in the CEFCU Classic Saturday.

Northern Iowa is a team that is getting votes in the top-25 poll and Bradley is a very talented team and it is good to get two big wins, before heading into conference, head coach David Rehr said.

ASUs preseason line up was filled with difficult competition that would give the foundation for how the Red Wolves would need to prepare once conference matches started.

Beating UNI showed us that we can compete with top level teams. We can go into a gym that isnt our own and win. It was a huge win for us and confirmed that we are contenders for conference champions, said senior outside hitter Taylor Coughlin of Bloomington, Ill.

ASU finished the 2011 season with a 12-4 record in conference, earning the team a third straight Sun Belt Conference Western Division crown and the first outright division win since 1998.

With the two wins from the CEFCU classic the momentum is high. The Red Wolves will travel to open conference against Florida Atlantic Friday, Sept. 21 and then travel to Florida International Sunday, Sept. 23.

Both Florida teams always provide good competition, for us we really just focus on our side of the net. We know if we execute the best of our abilities we will come out on top, Coughlin said.

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