Volleyball Press Release

By Victoria Bozzo
Staff Writer

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO-The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s volleyball team will begin practicing for the fall in the first week of August. Coach Cruz will be returning for his second season with the Cotton Blossoms.

   Along with the seven returners, Cruz has signed seven incoming freshman and five junior college-transfers reaching a total of 19 on the roster. Five of the incoming players are Arkansas natives, all from near Little Rock. This will be a season to watch.

   Tusalava Kuaea, a right side on the volleyball team said, “It’s going to be a good season. I see us doing much better than last year. Coach Cruz is bringing in a lot of talent and their will be a lot of competition throughout the season.”

   Kuaea had said that the returners are used to the program and Cruz’s coaching and they’re confident that they can lead and direct the incoming players so that they can all be connected and have a stronger season.

   Cruz has already set up the schedule for this fall including a tournament hosted at home on September 7 and 8. This will be the first volleyball tournament held at UAM.

   The volleyball team is looking forward to having the opportunity to play at home since in the past they have played better in their own gym. This last season, they won six out of the 10 home games.

   Holly Schweigert, a player on the volleyball team said “We’re more comfortable playing in our own gym since it’s where we spend most of our time and we have our fans to support us. There’s also no traveling which can make a difference.”

   The Blossoms will be doing less traveling this fall only making the nine hour trip to Oklahoma once and there will be more home games in return for students and faculty to watch.

   Be sure to come out and support your Cotton Blossoms this fall, there will be plenty opportunities to do so.

   If you want to know more about the volleyball team and their schedule, contact Peter Cruz.

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