The UCA women’s Volleyball team seems to have had a rough start to the season.
The Sugar Bears are sitting at 1-5, with all games to date being played on the road.
The loss of junior Evie Grace Singleton to Mississippi State may have had an impact on this.
Singleton followed previous UCA volleyball coach David McFatrich to Mississippi State after he accepted the head coaching position.
The 1-5 record for UCA volleyball isn’t a true indication of the talent among this team.
The Sugar Bears have played some tough teams. They fell to UNLV 1-3 and had two close losses in five sets against Seton Hall University and University of North Texas.
The Sugar Bears have three returning seniors who are all big contributors to the team.
Amy South will return to the line up after missing half the season last year due to a wrist injury. South was starting setter for the Sugar Bears before the incident.
UCA has had one exceptional win against University of Nebraska Omaha.
The Sugar Bears won’t play their home opener until Sept. 17 when they will host the Crain Automotive Invitational featuring Louisiana Tech and Alabama State University.
It would be easy to say that this could be a rebuilding year after losing Singleton senior libero Shelbee Berringer and senior outside hitter Alicia Dittrich, although with the wealth of experience and knowledge new head coach Jeni Jones brings to the program we could see this win-loss ration do a drastic flip throughout the season.
Jones knows exactly what it takes to be a top team not only in the Southland Conference, but as a threatening team in the NCAA post- tournament play.
Jones made it to the final four three out of her four years during her time at Florida.
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 9, 2015 print edition of The Echo.
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