Posted by Habtom Keleta - Thu, Sep. 20, 2012 - [ Volleyball ] - Viewed 270 times
Coach Yolanda Brown enters her 6th season as head coach for Dillard.
Coach Yolanda Brown enters her 6th season as head coach for Dillard.

The Dillard 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.

Ending 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.

"The 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.

"It took 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.

The team 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.

The 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), freshman.

Carolyn Baker and Danqi Li will not participate in the season opener; however, Coach Brown is convinced her team will do well.

"I think they are hungry. You can't eat everything on the plate at once. You have to consume it bit by bit," she said.

As the Lady Bleu Devils continue to prepare for the opener, Brown believes you cannot gage a team's success at the beginning of the season.

"I do 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. 

"Look out, come November," she said.

The team record last year was 18-12 and 8-3 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).


*Photo provided by Yolanda Brown

Dillard University Sports Information Department