STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team officially began preseason practices on Tuesday afternoon, as the team prepares for its season-opener against Syracuse on Aug. 26 as part of the Syracuse Invitational.
The Huskies will be led by third-year head coach Kris Grunwald, whose team saw a four-win improvement in the 2015 season. Following a 12-19 (5-15 AAC) season in 2014, UConn finished tied for fourth in The American last year.
“I thought the first practice was fantastic; I loved all the energy the team came out with,” said Tosin Adeniyi, junior middle blocker.
“Everyone came back focused and I think it really helped that we came back early for the summer session to start working on classes and get back into our volleyball system again,” said Kenya Cason, junior outside hitter.
UConn will take part in practice and weight-lifting sessions over the next two weeks to ready itself for the Syracuse Invitational, which includes games against the Orange (Aug. 26) and Colgate (Aug. 27).
The return of senior Jade Strawberry, Second Team All-AAC member, adds power to UConn’s offensive attack. For now, however, it’s all about just getting the rust off.
“Coach stressed intensity today and wanted us to get the rust off and back in the swing of things,” said Cason.
It will be a busy two-week stretch for the Huskies, who have their home-opener as part of the Dog Pound Challenge on Sept. 9, but Tuesday gave the players and coaches a small taste of what is to come.
“My body is going to be a little sore, but that’s to be expected,” said Adeniyi. “It was really good to see all of the coaches and have everyone together as a team.”
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