Warhawks Bring Favorable Power Into 2022; Face Southeastern Saturday in Exhibit

August 20, 2022

MONROE, La. – To fourth-year ULM volley ball head trainer Charlie Olson, the 2022 period brings a various sensation.
“Like many preseasons, there’s a sensation of enjoyment, uneasiness as well as competition,” Olson stated. “Unlike my previous 3 periods right here, this set really feels various. The group brings a favorable power as well as has fun with pure pleasure. They have actually been a blast to trainer.”
Olson’s Warhawks are coming off a 5-27 project in 2021, that included a 1-15 mark in Sunlight Belt Seminar play. ULM won its initial SBC suit of the period prior to going down the last 15 as well as a suit at the Sunlight Belt Championship game to finish the period on a 16-game losing touch.
Nonetheless, in 2014’s team included 11 initial- or second-year gamers as well as simply one elderly in Cali Assaley. The 2022 Warhawks have 2 graduate transfers as well as 3 elders on the lineup, giving ULM experience that it has actually formerly done not have.
“This group is exceptionally well balanced, well-informed as well as coachable,” Olson stated. “They despise to shed greater than they such as to win; as well as think me, they additionally enjoy winning. I anticipate this team to be unique. They have actually established substantial objectives for this period as well as aim to leave an enduring mark on this program.”
The experienced component of the group begins with 3 returning gamers in setter Darby Fisher, appropriate side/middle blocker Kathryn Raschilla as well as setter Mariana Volponi e Giordan.
Giordan showed up in 30 of 32 suits with 20 begins at setter, leading the Warhawks with 506 aids (6.02 per collection). Fisher backed her up, playing in 22 suits with 9 begins as well as publishing 247 aids (4.19 per collection). Raschilla was 4th on the group in eliminates (122, 1.26 per collection) as well as led the group with 41 blocks (6 solo, 35 aids).
ULM struck the transfer site to include experienced deepness, generating center blocker Daria De Carvalho Peixe from Lander as well as center blocker Madeline Williams from Indiana State. Williams played coastline volley ball for the Warhawks in the springtime of 2022. On top of that, ULM landed Taylor Thomas, an outdoors player from Jacksonville State, that concerns Monroe with 3 years of qualification continuing to be.
“Our 3 transfers not just bring experience, however additionally management as well as a high volley ball intelligence,” Olson stated. “We currently have 2 really skilled centers as well as an outdoors player where we can expand our violation, as opposed to send out a lot of our collections to Cali Assaley, that finished in 2014. These gamers will certainly additionally make techniques extra affordable as well as press our more youthful team.”
Along with the 5 expert gamers as well as student transfer Thomas, 5 various other Warhawks return after obtaining experience as freshers last period. Outdoors player Emily Adams, setter Kailey Friedrich, center blocker Logan Jeffus, protective specialist/libero Cameron Rogers as well as appropriate side/middle blocker Madeline Villarreal all return as students.
Rogers was 2nd on the group in digs in 2021 with 225 (2.27 per collection). Jeffus made an influence along the web with 84 eliminates (1.31 per collection) as well as was 2nd on the group with 33 blocks (9 solo, 24 aids). Friedrich got 108 aids (2.45 per collection). Villarreal published 39 eliminates as well as 19 blocks in 55 collections as well as 21 suits. Adams played in 34 collections as well as 19 suits.
“Each of our returning students obtained beneficial having fun experience in 2014,” Olson stated. “Their on-court experience is substantial for us due to the fact that they understand the rate of the video game, they have actually really felt the stress as well as they intend to much better influence the group on the court extra so than they did last period. Each of them have actually entered management placements as well as have a voice with this brand-new team.”
Olson as well as his team completed the 2022 lineup with one more huge team of freshers. 6 Warhawks will certainly grab their initial college experience: outdoors hitter/right side Brynn Botkin, outside hitter/middle blocker Tessa Gerwig, protective specialist/libero Callie Humphrey, outdoors hitter/right side Lydia Mesusan, setter Bailey Roberson as well as outdoors hitter/defensive expert Sandlin Short.
“This is my 2nd complete recruiting course, as well as the freshers bring deepness in every setting as well as a fire that aids refuel the experience,” Olson stated. “They all have large characters as well as originate from really effective club as well as secondary school programs. I anticipate a few of them to enter a beginning duty.”
Generally, Olson claims his group remains to construct deepness entering his 4th period.
“Each setting team currently has equilibrium as well as stamina,” Olson stated. “Every person on the group understands that there is a person behind them pressing them to improve. That’s exactly how we hire: recognize those that are much better than what we presently have as well as educate up the ones presently on the group. The deepness as well as experience are our most significant possession this year.”
The Warhawks play in 4 multi-team occasions to open up the period, with a couple of solitary midweek video games sprayed in prior to beginning Sunlight Belt Seminar play in late September. The period starts at the Texan Invitational at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas, versus Northwestern State, Fairleigh Dickinson as well as the hosts on Aug. 26-27.
ULM after that heads back to Texas for the Houston Baptist Volley ball Competition, encountering Bethune-Cookman as well as UC Waterfront, each for the very first time in program background, on Sept. 2, prior to tackling the hosts on Sept. 3.
After a brief ride down I-20 to encounter Louisiana Technology on Sept. 6, the Warhawks most likely to the UCA Invitational in Conway, Arkansas, to tackle the hosts, Central Arkansas, as well as LA Technology on Sept. 9 prior to completing the occasion with Southern Illinois on Sept. 10.
The Warhawks lastly take the flooring at Fant-Ewing Coliseum for the very first time in the 11th suit of the period, encountering Alcorn State on Sept. 13. ULM heads to Hammond, Louisiana, the adhering to weekend break for the Fight For The Boot, tackling Southern as well as host Southeastern on Sept. 16 prior to shutting the event with Northwestern State on Sept. 17.
“In 2014, I arranged method as well tough for the quantity of more youthful as well as unskilled gamers we had,” Olson stated. “This year, we arranged groups that will certainly much better prepare us for SBC play. We ought to  have the ability to string with each other wins as well as aid construct self-confidence as well as gain grip prior to we open up SBC bet Texas State in the house.”
The Sunlight Belt Seminar broadened with 4 brand-new participants this period: James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominance as well as Southern Miss. The brand-new participants, plus the reduction of UT Arlington as well as Little Rock, altered the skin of the meeting timetable. SBC groups will certainly play a two-match collection each weekend break versus the very same challenger, returning to the style that was utilized throughout the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic-altered period.
“The SBC volley ball trainers all pressed back on our preliminary timetable,” Olson stated. “The traveling to play every SBC group would certainly have been treacherous as well as laborious. We determined that we would certainly establish a layout that permits us to play every group on our side of the department two times, back-to-back, and after that play 3 of the eastern department groups back-to-back. This period, we just see Southerly Lose out of the brand-new enhancements, however all 14 groups will certainly go to the SBC Championship game at the end of the period in Foley, Alabama. The SBC all at once will certainly be an extremely tough meeting to play in.”
ULM opens up SBC dip into house versus Texas State on Sept. 22 as well as 23 prior to mosting likely to South Alabama on Sept. 30 as well as Oct. 1. Southern Miss check outs Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Oct. 6-7 complied with by Application State on Oct. 14-15. After a non-conference suit at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 17, ULM heads to Troy on Oct. 21-22. The Ragin’ Cajuns complete the house slate on Oct. 28-29 prior to ULM finishes the year with 4 straight suits when traveling, going to Arkansas State on Nov. 4-5 as well as Georgia State on Nov. 10-11.
In spite of the brand-new obstacles, Olson continues to be unfazed considering 2022.
“I’m expecting this period,” Olson stated. “It’s mosting likely to be one to keep in mind.”
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