Aug. 21, 2009
BEAUMONT, Texas -
After two weeks of two-a-day practice, the Lamar University volleyball team will finally get to line up against someone other than themselves when they take on a team comprised of Lady Cardinals alumni on Saturday at 4 p.m. at McDonald Gym.
"It will be very exciting for the team to play against someone different than we see in training each day," said head coach Justin Gibert. "The athletes get to know each other quite well and so we know each player's tendencies in training. When you look across the net at a different group of athletes, it throws in an entire different dimension of analysis and adjustment that we have been missing. In addition to that, it will simply be exciting for the few young talented athletes that we have to play in front of a crowd of their fans."
The Lady Cardinals have five letter winners and a large group of freshman who will take the floor Saturday. Gibert is excited about the opportunity his young players have, going against the alumni.
"Our team is a very exciting makeup of outstanding performance and leadership from our seniors and a very talented and strong group of young freshmen," he said. "We have only one junior and a couple sophomores on the team so there is a feel that we are at a crossroads of the arrival of a new generation of volleyball athlete here at Lamar. There has been a tremendous and very successful mentoring process with the more experienced athletes and the young talent. However, there is no substitute for the experience you get by being on the court and that is the opportunity this alumni match affords us. We are very excited to get the early season nervousness out of the way and begin a run at a championship season."
After the alumni match the Lady Cardinals will turn their focus to their season on August 28, at 7 p.m. PT against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton Calif. in the Titans tournament