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STORRS, Conn. - The UConn volleyball team and head coach Kris Grunwald have recently announced the upcoming spring schedule, which features three scrimmages and one multi-team tournament over the next month-and-a-half.
Beginning on Friday when Holy Cross visits Storrs, UConn will begin spring competition just a few weeks after starting team practices earlier this month.
"During the scrimmages, we'll be playing a variety of situational drills as well as regular games," said Grunwald. "The situational drills allow us to focus and get additional reps on aspects of the game we feel we need the most improvement on."
The rest of the schedule, at this point, includes trips to Army on March 4, Bryant on March 31 and Hartford on April 7. Being able to simulate game situations, rather than just playing sets, provides a good foundation heading into the summer.
"Just playing regular games, you don't always get enough opportunities to work on some of the particular tactical aspects as we would like," said Grunwald.
The Huskies had their second-straight winning season under Grunwald in 2016, finishing 16-15 (7-13 American) while recording wins over Syracuse, LSU, Virginia and St. John's.
"We lost a large group of five seniors, but we do return quite a bit of experience," said Grunwald, whose team will have four juniors and three seniors in 2017.
Though UConn finished first in kills (14.20/set) and assists (13.31/set) in the American Athletic Conference, Grunwald continues to look to two areas in particular that the Huskies can improve on this spring.
"We feel we are doing some pretty good things thus far, but want to see continued improvement on our first contact and offensive tempo," said Grunwald.
Just because it is February doesn't mean Gampel Pavilion is only for basketball. As volleyball continues practice, it looks to the spring schedule as a way to get a head start on August workouts.