UE volleyball team confident for new year

Posted by Mike Mardis - email

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - If they can stay healthy and be consistent, the University of Evansville Purple Aces volleyball team has high hopes for the coming season.

Last year they finished 7th in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference, going 7-11 in the Valley and 14-15 overall.

But this year, with some fine senior experience and an excellent recruiting class of new talent, they believe they can be considerably better.

Mike Swan, Aces Volleyball Coach, said he can see the beginning in practice.

"Just the fact that every position is really competitive," Swan said. "We are bringing in six news players, some really high caliber players from all over the region, and we can tell a big difference just in chemistry and athleticism."

Sally Kalupka, Aces senior, said she can tell a difference this year.

"Not to be negative of past years, but we are already better now, in my opinion, without record than in the past years," Kalupka said."

Kaisi Nixon, Aces freshman, said the hey to the Aces success this year will be depth.

"Our defense is impeccable, it's really good," Nixon said. "I really like it. And we are just really deep as a team. If we lose someone, we always have someone there to back them up."

The Aces open their season Saturday night against IUPUI in the opening game of the IUPUI Tournament in Indianapolis.

The Aces' first home game is Wednesday, September 10 against SIU Edwardsville.