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This week in Arkansas volleyball

BY ANDRES FOCIL
This week in Arkansas volleyball

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Lady’Back Volleyball Fans

We had a wonderful and exciting first weekend! Our goal was to come out of the Oklahoma Tournament as the tournament champions. We did that and more.

We started the week with two of our starters injured and we didn’t know if they would be able to play at all. We even had a hard time scrimmaging through preseason because not enough players were able to practice. Going into Friday we did not have a definite lineup or a solid game plan.

In the end, we used three different lineups for all three matches. I have to hand it to our athletes. They stayed cool and focused through all of the changes and played hard every point. Because of the injuries, some of our younger players saw a lot of court time. They surprised us by playing even better than we expected.

The most rewarding moment of the weekend was winning the five-game match versus Oklahoma. I am truly proud of the way our team stayed focused and came up with big plays in the fifth-game. I feel that our confidence in those long matches really does help us come up with the win.

I learned a lot about our team this weekend. We are talented physically but also show great maturity. This group is tough, competitive, and confident through all situations and adversity. I believe this was a good start to a great season.

I hope that you continue to follow our progress this season and I look forward to seeing you at some of our matches.

Thanks for your support.

Coach Poole



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