2021 Volleyball Season Sneak Peek – University of New Orleans Athletics
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Privateers volleyball team are set to kick off their season with a 4 p.m. start on Friday against the UTRGV. This game will kick off a three-game weekend for the Privateers, which will also pit them against Tennessee State and Alcorn State.
NEW COACHING STAFF
Ashley Preston was officially announced as the 14th of Privateerse head coach in program history in July. Preston is from Cal State Fullerton and has nine years of experience as a head coach this year.
Preston staff was also announced with the addition of Bruno Chateau and Makenzi abelman. Chateau has over a decade of experience as a coach, most notably as an assistant to the French national junior team. Abelman played for Coach Preston at Cal State Fullerton and hit the 1,000-assists mark for his career.
AND WE ARE BACK
Nine privateers who adapted for the squad in the shortened and delayed 2020 season are back. It starts at the front with Kai williams and Alexis Parrisse who were respectively first and second on the team in kills.
Sh’Diamond Holly and Atira jellies offer a presence in the middle. Holly is currently seventh in the history of the block-by-series program. Jells has had four games of 10 or more assists, including a high of 16 against Abilene Christian.
Lucie Pokorna returns as one of the team’s three passer. Pokorna is 91 assists away from entering the top ten in program history. The excavation team leader Sheilah purcell is back with Trinity Jackson who finished third in this category. Rani williams and Samantha Gioiosa also come back.
Two privateers will return to court. Maite Solabarrieta will dress for the first time this fall after joining the team in the spring. Maxine Hayes returns indoors after impacting the beach volleyball program with 25 wins and was an All-Southland selection.
NEW ON THE STAGE
The Privateers have five newcomers to the squad this year. Rita Zecchin was a first-team selection of all conferences at Daytona State. Maya scott Louisiana transfers and was County Player of the Year in high school.
Tara Goolsby was a second pick from all regions of the team at Hill College. Irene Kitson on average nearly one block per series in his last year of high school. Molly kehoe won first-team honors from all conferences and counties during his high school career.
After a weekend at home to start, the Privateers will be on the road all September. The Privateers will be traveling for tournaments in Jacksonville, Riverside and Ruston. There will also be a midweek road game against Auburn.
Southland’s game begins with three consecutive road games at Nicholls, McNeese and HBU. Southland’s first home game is on October 7 against UIW. The Southland tournament will be held in Hammond, Louisiana, from November 18-21.
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