Aug. 25, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. -- While the players began classes for the 2014-15 year, Ole Miss head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts met with the media Monday to talk about preseason camp and the upcoming season opening weekend in Buffalo, New York.
The Rebels open the McRoberts era Friday against Canisius at 9 a.m. CT in Buffalo. The team will also face Siena later that day at 4 p.m. CT. Saturday, Ole Miss plays Lehigh at 4 p.m. CT and then concludes the tournament Sunday at Noon CT against host Buffalo. The Rebels will also enjoy a trip to Niagra Falls on Thursday.
Opening statement ...
"What an exciting time to be with Ole Miss Athletics. I asked Coach (Matt) Mott to let me go first because it's going to go extremely uphill from here. We have been in camp for 16 days now, 23 practices, seven weightlifting sessions and feel like we have come a long way as a team.
The number one thing that we have talked a lot about for this season is making sure that we instill our core values and understand the process of creating a top-25 type volleyball program here. I'm really proud of these young ladies and the work that they have put in because they have put in a ton. I have to say, from my recollection over the last six or seven years, this is the most time that I have put in the gym going into a season."
On opening season in Buffalo...
"It's always nice to stand in front of the press when you're undefeated, we'll be undefeated until at least Friday. We're excited about going to Buffalo. We're going to leave a little early. Typically on these weekend trips you take off on a Thursday and play Friday and Saturday. We're taking off Wednesday evening when these ladies get out of class, so we can go to Niagara Falls on Thursday, get a little sightseeing in while we're up there. And of course, as a person who's fond of eating, going to Buffalo, I'll have to make sure I eat some good wings while I'm there.
We have two matches on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, which also isn't really typical in the preseason. Typically, you're playing three, and if you do play four, you're playing two back-to-backs. For us, it's really nice because with the way it's set up, we'll have two matches on Friday that will allow us to look at some different lineups and then make some decisions as we go through this weekend. Probably at this point, we're anticipating Buffalo on Sunday, looking at last year's things, being the toughest match on the weekend, and we're of course playing them on their home court on Sunday.
We haven't 100 percent settled on a lineup, which after 23 practices, you think that's probably not a good thing, but to us, it's been a really good thing. We have played with a couple of lineups and we like both of them a lot. Most of it utilizing the same personnel, but some of it utilizes some of our other players. When you have a four-match weekend and you can get a lot of your players playing time, it's a good thing, especially early in the season. It will allow us as we get closer to SEC play to be ready for that South Carolina match here in a month. That's where we are right now."
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