Southeastern Opens 2014 Season in Arkansas

Southeastern volleyball opens the 2014 season on Friday when it faces Union at noon on Sept. 5 to open play in the Lady Reddie College Classic.

The Savage Storm follow that matchup with a 4 p.m. contest against Fort Hays State, and will face McMurry on Saturday at 9 a.m. and finish its weekend with an 11 a.m. matchup with Central Oklahoma.

SE is coming off a 13-18 season in 2013 with a 7-7 mark in Great American Conference play.

However, the team is under new guidance as Brianna Barry takes over the program and is picked to finish sixth in the GAC preseason poll.

The team brings back its top eight offensive players from a season ago, led by all-conference selection Emily Gentle who posted 3.42 kills per set on the season.

The team also returns setter Madelynne Cera who averaged 8.33 assists per set, but chipped in across the board with 1.40 kills per set, 2.17 digs per set and 36 total blocks on the year.

Ariel Sanders and Julia Benford return as the team's top defenders with 76 and 61 blocks, respectively, while SE loses its digs leader from a season ago, but does return four players who averaged more than two digs per set.

The team's opening opponent, Union posted an 11-24 record a season ago which included a 2-4 record against GAC foes.

Fort Hays State posted a 14-19 record a year ago, but was 3-13 in the MIAA, but only played one match against GAC opponents, beating Northwestern Oklahoma State 3-1.

McMurry is the only team to have played contests this season, opening up the year 3-1 at Austin College's tournament in Sherman, Texas.

SE wraps up the weekend against Central Oklahoma who went 24-10 last season and 9-7 in the MIAA. The two teams met twice in 2013, with UCO winning both matchups.

SE will follow up the weekend with its conference opener at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium against Southwestern Oklahoma State before hosting the South Central Classic sponsored by Holiday Inn Express in Bloomer Sullivan Arena Sept. 12-13.

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