With the 2014 season underway, the first stop for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville volleyball team will be the Shark Classic Tournament, with South Arkansas University standing in the way of the Lady Javelinas. The Rollins College Invitational will consist of very good competition that will be a great test to prepare the Lady Javelinas for the season ahead.
“All of the teams we are going to face compete well in their respective regions,” said Head Coach Tanya Allen.
Heading into the tournament, it will be important that the girls stay consistent with their blocking and communicate throughout the entire tournament. Serve receptions will also be critical and the girls must focus on getting kills and focusing on sharing the ball early and throughout each match, Allen said.
“If we pass well, our offense will be faster and much more effective,” she said.
Although the season is early and there are still many games to be played, Coach Allen said her players know the importance of what an early tournament can do to benefit a squad heading into a tough season.
“I really hope this opening season tournament helps better prepare us for our tough conference, as conference play starts the following week,” she said.
The Lady Javelinas will head to Florida to begin the Shark Classic on September 5th in Winter Park Florida, where not only is the tournament for practice, but it also give Coach Allen and her staff a first look at live competition and what is needed to gear up for conference play.
“I really want us to go into this tournament playing very well, I want to focus on blocking during this tournament and see what we have heading into conference play because everybody in the LCS comes to play,” she said. “Overall, it is competitive from top to bottom and if we are not ready to play or extremely prepared then we will take a loss.”