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Golden Hurricane Volleyball Wraps Up First Week of Practice

Tulsa Head Coach Ed Alen pleased with his teams' progress through the first week of practice.
Tulsa Head Coach Ed Alen pleased with his teams' progress through the first week of practice.
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Aug. 16, 2008

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Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Volleyball Coach Ed Allen has been pleased with what he has seen in the first week of practice. Workouts began on Monday and have consisted of two practice sessions each day in preparation for the upcoming season.

"We are getting a lot accomplished," said Allen. "We have had a tremendous competitive effort everyday in practice, and that comes from having a good core of returning players as well as the three transfer upper-classmen we have brought in."

The Hurricane return six letterwinners including starters Malorey Grove, Hannah Stout, and Kelsey Wood from last year's team that captured the 2007 Conference USA Tournament Championship, earning it's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Last year's squad finished with a 29-7 record overall and 11-5 mark in conference action.

Tulsa lost two first-team all-conference performers in Julia Silva and Fabiola Nepomuceno to graduation, but expectations remain high for the program.

"We expect to be in the mix and challenge for a conference championship again," said Allen. "Our IQ right now is further along than either of what we had over the last two years, and the mental maturity of this team is further along because of the upperclassmen and our transfers."

However, after just one week of practices Coach Allen knows there is still plenty of room for improvement.

"We need to work on our ball control and consistency," Allen said. "We are doing a lot of things well right now but we need to work on those two things as we head forward from here. We also have to get in that defensive mentality that we are insulted any time a ball hits the floor against us."

The Hurricane opens the season on August 30 against Jacksonville State at the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana.