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Lady Flames Start Preseason Practice

August 6, 2010
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Coaches Jennifer Vaden and Josh Hill talk to members of the volleyball team during Friday's opening practice at the Schilling Center.

After reporting to campus yesterday, the 2010 Liberty Lady Flames volleyball team began its first day of preseason practice this morning.

After a team breakfast and a weight training session, the squad split up between the Schilling Center and the Campus East Gym for the first court practice of 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Outside hitters and defensive specialists were assigned to Schilling, where they worked with assistant coaches Jennifer Vaden and Josh Hill, while setters and middle blockers went to the Campus East facility to work with head coach Shane Pinder for opening drills.

The team will begin training in the Vines Center, where home matches are played, on Aug. 9, when the resurfacing project is complete.

The Lady Flames, who were selected to finish second in the Big South Conference's annual preseason poll, will kick off the season on Aug. 27, competing in the East Carolina Classic in Greenville, N.C. At that event, Liberty will face Cleveland State, Charlotte and East Carolina.

Liberty is coming off of a 20-14 overall record in 2009, along with being the 2009 Big South Conference regular-season co-champions. Last year marked the third consecutive year that Liberty has held at least a share of the regular-season conference title.

Pinder leads a group of 15 student-athletes, including 10 returning players and five newcomers.

Among the key returners are Karyl Bacon (OH/DS, Temecula, Calif.), the lone senior who was named to the 2010 Preseason All-Big South team, and Loren Thomas (Oconee, Fla.), a sophomore middle blocker who earned 2009 Big South All-Freshman Team honors.

Also returning are Hannah Anderson (So., OH, Rocklin, Calif.), Courtney Boggs (Jr., S, Marysville, Ohio), Lauren Bosché (R-Fr., S, Roanoke, Va.), Courtney Cooper (R-So., DS/L, Forest, Va.), Kelly Haseman (Jr., DS/L, Three Rivers, Mich.), Erica Manor (R-Fr., OH, Bunker Hill, W.Va.), Kendle Rollins (R-Fr., MB, Lebanon, Ohio) and Rebecca Warren (Jr., DS/L, Virginia Beach, Va.).

Newcomers to this year's squad include freshmen Katie Beecher (RS/MB, Concord, N.C.), Jade Craycraft (S, Wooster, Ohio), Kaylee Groeneveld (OH/MB, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Lillie Happel (OH, Ellicott City, Md.) and Becca Haraf (DS/L, Arlington Heights, Ill.).

2010 Volleyball Preseason Practice Schedule

Aug. 6 – Weights, Court Practice (Schilling and Campus East, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Aug. 7 – Court Practice (Schilling and Campus East, 9 a.m. to Noon and 2 to 5 p.m.)
Aug. 8 – Off
Aug. 9 – Weights, Court Practice (Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 10 – Court Practice (Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 11 – Weights, Court Practice (Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 12 – Court Practice (Schilling and Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 13 – Weights, Court Practice (Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 14 – Court Practice (Schilling and Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 15 – Off
Aug. 16 – Weights and Court Practice (Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 17 - Court Practice (Schilling and Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 18 – Weights, Court Practice (Schilling and Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 19 – Court Practice (Schilling from 9 a.m. to Noon, Vines Center from 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 20 – Weights and Court Practice (Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)
Aug. 21 – Court Practice (Schilling and Vines Center, 9 a.m. to Noon and 3 to 6 p.m.)

Aug. 24 – Blue/White Scrimmage (Vines Center, 7 p.m.)

Aug. 27 – Liberty vs. Cleveland State (Greenville, N.C., 4 p.m.) – Season Opener