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Loyola volleyball receives vote in NAIA preseason poll

August 28, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team received a vote in the NAIA Volleyball Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released Aug. 18.

Last year, in head coach Tommy Harold’s sixth season, the Wolfpack went 17-9 and won a share of the GCAC regular-season title. Loyola returns four starters, including All-GCAC sophomore Gina Gill. Gill was phenomenal in her freshman season, where she led the conference in kills (3.8 kpg), and was named Freshman of the Year.

“We are back working hard in the gym, and while the poll is a flattering reflection of the success we have had in the past, we know that our focus has to be on improvement,” said Harold. “Our players are busy perfecting the process of learning our system, and our main focus is simply to get a little better each day.”

Conference rival University of Mobile is listed at No. 23 in the preseason poll. Three other schools the Wolfpack are scheduled to play — Freed-Hardeman in Henderson, Tenn., Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and St. Thomas in Houston — also received votes.

Loyola’s season starts on Sept. 4, when they travel to Jackson, Miss., for the Millsaps Tournament. Their first match is against Union University at 3 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. match with Rhodes College.

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