University Lady Bleu Devils volleyball team will kick-off its season opener on
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. as they host Southern University at New Orleans
(SUNO) in the "Battlefield" located inside Dent Hall.
last season with a loss to SUNO in a double elimination tournament, the Lady
Bleu Devils have been preparing for weeks and are ready to fight for a victory.
Preparation for this season opener included 5:30 a.m. practices and Coach Yolanda
Brown is confident in the team's performance.
team works hard and we are not afraid of challenges," said Brown.
Due to Hurricane
Isaac, the Lady Bleu Devils' schedule had to be pushed back.
a week out, we had to reschedule but we are prepared," said Brown. The coach is very excited about the team and
looks forward to working with what she considers great athletes.
consists of a mixture of talented young ladies including returning players
Jessica Goods-Morris, middle blocker (MB), senior; Megan Laday, outside hitter
(OH), senior; Jamara Celistan, middle blocker (MB), junior; Courtney Devold,
setter (S), junior; and Rachel Douglas, right side hitter (RH), sophomore.
newest members of this elite squad are certain to be an asset. They are Carolyn Baker (OH), junior; Danqi Li
(RS), junior; Astasia Williams (S), freshman; Aisha Ogbeveon (RS), freshman;
Shelbi White (S), freshman; and Destinee Higgans, defensive specialist (DS),
Baker and Danqi Li will not participate in the season opener; however, Coach
Brown is convinced her team will do well.
they are hungry. You can't eat everything on the plate at once. You have to
consume it bit by bit," she said.
Lady Bleu Devils continue to prepare for the opener, Brown believes you cannot
gage a team's success at the beginning of the season.
not believe the first game sets the tone. The team has to bond and get the feel
of playing with each other on the court."
Brown has high hopes for the Lady Devils.
out, come November," she said.
record last year was 18-12 and 8-3 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).
*Photo provided by Yolanda
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