CHARLESTON, SC August 11, 2014 – Just over eight months removed from their memorable victory in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Final at the North Charleston Convention Center, the College of Charleston volleyball team returned to the court this past weekend at TD Arena to begin preparation for their 2014 campaign.
The Cougars opened preseason camp on Friday with an early morning team meeting with representatives from compliance, academics and The College’s athletic training staff before taking team photos and competing in an intra-squad scrimmage. On Saturday, the squad competed in its first full team practice, working primarily on individual techniques in the morning, followed by an afternoon team principles session and capped off with an evening scrimmage.
“This team goes in to every year looking to win a conference championship,” said head coach Jason Kepner. “That’s always our goal and it’s always our focus and mentality – to get prepared.”
Returning 10 players from last year’s championship squad, the Cougars will look towards four returning all-conference honorees within the starting lineup to help recapture their title winning form of 2013. Flush with veteran leadership, the Cougars’ are bolstered by the return of senior right side hitter and first-team all-CAA honoree Sloane White, as well as fellow seniors, Cara Howley, Andi Zbojniewicz and returning CAA setter of the year Kallie McKown. The team also brings back junior all-conference selection Melissa Morello.
Joining the tried and tested in the Cougar lineup is the influx of six newcomers to the team, including senior Syracuse transfer Bailey Humes and five stellar freshman in Olivia Bin, Mackenzie Cooler, Krissy Mummey, Megan Quigley and local Wando High School product, Britney Vallez.
With the start of the regular season just under three weeks away, the Cougars will no doubt have their eye on an action packed non-conference slate that includes the home-hosted CofC Invitational (Aug. 29-30) as well trips Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Tournament (Sept. 5-6) and Dallas, Texas, for the SMU Invitational (Sept. 19-20).
The Cougars 16-game league schedule will feature eight home clashes, beginning with the Towson Tigers on Friday, Sept. 26. Fans looking to catch the Cougars in action this season will be able to view nearly every home game for free via the Charleston Sports Network on UStream.
Under eighth year head coach, Jason Kepner (177-58), the Cougars have experienced an unprecedented run of success, including an incredible mark of 101-13 in conference play dating back to the 2008 season. Kepner has also led the Cougars to four NCAA Tournament appearances and has won the regular season or conference tournament title in every season as head coach.
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