Volleyball team looks to exceed ranking, start fresh
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 09:08
Finishing with an 8-6 record in the Sun Belt last year, the women’s volleyball team is ranked number four for the 2013-14 season, following the release of the Sun Belt preseason coaches’ poll.
The volleyball team has been pouring sweat every day to get ready for this weekend’s Tiger Volleyball Invitational. There will be five teams involved in the tournament; Arkansas State, Idaho State, Missouri, South Dakota and Pittsburgh. They will be facing Pittsburgh at noon on Aug. 30, followed by a match against Idaho State later that evening at 4 p.m.
The league’s head coaches awarded Arkansas State 64 points along with SBC newcomer, Texas State. A-State’s head coach, David Rehr, feels quite indifferent about the results.
“We haven’t told our kids yet because it isn’t important to us,” Rehr said. “We aren’t expecting fourth, we want to push Western Kentucky for the Sun Belt title.”
Although the women’s volleyball team is young this year, consisting of five seniors, eight freshmen and two transfers, the girls are treating it as any other year.
“We’re preparing physically, emotionally and even more, mentally,“ said senior Megan Baska. “The variety of our team this year has made it feel like a fresh start.”
There aren’t many teams that are lucky enough to get a chance to start fresh; it’s giving them a chance to shine and show their true scarlet and black pride.
The volleyball team as a whole expects positive results from this season.
“We are aiming for that championship one game and one practice at a time,” Baska said.
Last season Arkansas State came up short in every battle with Missouri, but this year with persistent training and striving to beat their overall 19-14 record they obtained last year, the girls hope to show the Tigers what they can do.
“The team has been setting short goals along the way to achieve their overall goals” Baska said.