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Liberty Volleyball Preseason Off to Flying Start

August 10, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Head Volleyball Coach Shane Pinder watches as the Lady Flames warm up before Friday morning's practice.

Head Volleyball Coach Shane Pinder watches as the Lady Flames warm up before Friday morning's practice.

After losing only two seniors from last season's third-place Big South finisher, hopes are high for the 2007 Liberty volleyball team. Preseason camp opened Wednesday morning, and the early returns have only served to fuel head coach Shane Pinder's optimism about the upcoming season.

"It's been exciting to see the effort and focus we've had so far," expressed Pinder, entering his fourth season at Liberty. "Our kids are hungry and they're excited about playing and excited about being in the gym."

The Lady Flames have been practicing twice each day since Wednesday and will wrap up the week with a pair of practices today and a single session tomorrow morning. After a scheduled off day on Sunday, the team will return with two-a-day practices next Monday through Saturday, all of which are open to the public. The 3-6 p.m. afternoon sessions next week will include intrasquad scrimmages. A full preseason practice schedule may be found below.

The Blue-White Scrimmage, slated for 7 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Vines Center, will be the Lady Flames' final dress rehearsal for the rapidly approaching season. The team's season opener, the first of 13 regular-season home matches, will be a match-up against Howard at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24, as part of the Liberty Invitational Presented by Pepsi.

2007 Liberty Volleyball Preseason Practice Schedule

Friday, Aug. 10
8:45-11:45 a.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice

Saturday, Aug. 11
8:45-11:45 a.m. (East Campus gym)—Full team practice

Monday, Aug. 13
8:45-11:45 a.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice/scrimmage

Tuesday, Aug. 14
8:45-11:45 a.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice/scrimmage

Wednesday, Aug. 15
8:45-11:45 a.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice/scrimmage

Thursday, Aug. 16
8:45-11:45 a.m. (Schilling Center)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Vines Center)—Full team practice/scrimmage

Friday, Aug. 17
8:45-11:45 a.m. (LCA gymnasium)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Schilling Center)—Full team practice/scrimmage

Saturday, Aug. 18
8:45-11:45 a.m. (Schilling Center)—Full team practice
3-6 p.m. (Schilling Center)—Full team practice/scrimmage