This weekend, the Murray State volleyball team will kick off its season at the North Carolina Central University Invitational tournament in Durham, N.C.
At the tournament, the Racers will face Evansville, Hampton and North Carolina Central.
Although this is a new tournament for the Racers, Head Coach David Schwepker said he hopes the team will make a big statement on the floor this weekend.
Schwepker has been working with the players all week to prepare them for the tournament, which begins today and ends Saturday.
He said he hopes the team’s lack of height won’t affect its ability to bring home a win.
“We spent a lot of time on our skills and being very good at ball control,” Schwepker said. “We can’t afford to make silly mistakes that other teams can because they make up for it in their size.”
Schwepker said every team the Racers face this weekend will ultimately be big competition.
Since this tournament is the first match of the season for the team, Schwepker said he wants to use this weekend as a tool to see where the team stands, competition-wise.
“We just take one team at a time,” he said. “Evansville is our first competition, and we’re just going to go after them and kind of evaluate us after that match.”
The Racers faced Evansville during this year’s spring season and they pulled through with a narrow win. Schwepker said this game against Evansville could go either way.
Schwepker said about seven or eight of the girls will be doing most of the work this weekend including three of the freshman players.
“You’re going to see the returning sophomores,” Schwepker said. “Then you are going to see Katlyn Hudson, Scottie Ingram, Kamille Jones and Ellie Lorenz.”
Schwepker said he would be satisfied without the overall tournament win as long as the team shows promise in its gameplay.
Story by Taylor Crum, Assistant Sports Editor