Volleyball Opens Season Friday at Charleston Tourney

August 28, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee volleyball begins its season on Friday at the College of Charleston Tournament.

The Lady Raiders open the tournament at 10 a.m. with TCU, a team Middle Tennessee is facing for the first time in school history. Later in the day, the Lady Raiders face Delaware at 4:30 p.m. also an inaugural meeting. The only team the Lady Raiders have seen before is host College of Charleston whom they beat in 1999, 3-1, at the Middle Tennessee Invitational.

"We are going to see three very different playing styles this weekend," said head coach Lisa Kissee. "It will be a good test for us."

College of Charleston is coming off winning their conference in 2002 and has a new coach in former University of Tennessee assistant Sherry Dunbar. TCU is a big strong team with a lot of power and Delaware is proficient in ball control.

The Lady Raiders are testing out two new setters in freshman Megan Sumrell and transfer Talayna Akrie. Running a 6-2 offense, Kissee is hoping to see how her setters handle situations in real game time.

"Megan and Talayna are really coming around," Kissee said. "It took all preseason but they keep getting better."

This weekend will give Kissee a chance to plug in players and see where they fit. She has a real battle brewing between sophomore Kimberly Moeller and freshman Theresa Slowik for the libero position.

"This first tournament is just a great opportunity for us to see players in games," Kissee said. "Overall we are anxious to start the season and see where everything falls."

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