The University of Dallas 2016 women’s volleyball season looks promising with the addition of a new but experienced coach, Prentice Lewis, as well as six freshmen.
Lewis coached for 13 years in Division I at Texas Christian University (TCU) and will be the 16th coach to lead the UD volleyball team.
Lewis left her mark at TCU by leading her team back to the top of their conference and making it all the way to the second round in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament in 2009.
“[Having a new coach] has been an adjustment, and I hope I can speak for my whole team here, that it is one we are all excited about and has gone pretty smoothly,” senior Allison Seager said.
The players are excited for the transition and hopeful that Lewis can lead the team to success in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
“We have an awesome coach and a great group of girls who can hopefully make for a successful season,” senior Jessie Koster said.
With four seniors returning for their final season, team hype is high. Seager and Koster, along with Anna Fazio and Mairin Guilfoyle look to lead the team to achievement as they begin their final season.
Koster returns after an epic junior year, in which she shattered single season and career season records in digs per set and digs per game, respectively.
“Our team goal is to finish in the top three of the SCAC tournament,” Koster said.
Seager, Guilfoyle, Fazio and Koster will lead the team toward success. They are also hopeful for the future with many up-and-coming freshmen who provide competition when needed.
“I think we have already set a certain tone for this season and I think it’s pretty clear that the expectations are high,” Seager said. “Coach Prentice expects a lot of us and we expect a lot of ourselves.”
The team’s first game is Thursday, Sep. 1 at Arlington Baptist College. The Lady Crusaders do not play at home until Oct. 8 against Colorado College. Coach Lewis and the team expect high attendance as the team takes home court for the first time this year.