The Sugar Bears will host four different teams at the Prince Center for the first home games of the season Sept. 10-12.
On Sept. 10, the Sugar Bears take on Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. They will play a double header against Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m. and the Air Force at 6 p.m. on Sept.11, followed by their last game on Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Sugar Bears started off the season with three games on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Rice/Mizuno Invitational in Houston.
The Sugar Bears went 1-2, sweeping Houston Baptist, and falling to Rice and Oklahoma 3-1.
“I think we got a lot out of it, we played well,” coach Steven McRoberts said.
McRoberts said the games that the Sugar Bears played opening week will really help the team understand what they need to work on to have an undefeated season at home.
Last year the Sugar Bears record was 24-7. The Air Force volleyball team had a five win total in 2008 and was tied for the second best single-season mark since 2003. Louisiana Tech had an overall record of 4-24 and a home record of 2-9. Last season Louisiana Monroe finished 28-5 and 16-2 in league play. Arkansas-Pine Bluff had an overall record of 1-23 last season and a home record of 0-8.
During preseason, the Sugar Bears worked hard to improve from the previous season.
“The Sugar Bears blocking has improved and also offense is much faster,” McRoberts said.
Senior defensive specialist Jennifer Hauskey is looking forward to playing games on the Sugar Bears home court.
“We have a great team this year. We have 12 girls that are all capable of competing to help us towards our conference title goal,” Hauskey said.
McRoberts said the team is relying on everyone as key players.
“Volleyball is a very position specific sport so the whole team will need to come together to win these four games,” McRoberts said.
Not only will the team have the support of their fans during the games but it will also be parent’s weekend.
“We want to pack the Prince Center. We have always had a good home environment in the past and are looking forward to playing at home,” McRoberts said.
If the team plays with the intensity that they are capable of, the first home games, of the season will be successful and will build the team up to get ready for conference.
The Sugar Bears goal of the 2009 season is to go undefeated and are looking forward to conference starting with Northwestern State on Sept. 19.