Volleyball Season Preview

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, September 10, 2004

With the return of three players that saw considerable playing time a year ago and a talented freshman class, there is a feeling of optimism surrounding the Hudson Valley Community College volleyball team as it prepares to open the 2004 campaign.

This is the most talent we've had since I've been here, said Chris Kelly, who is entering her third season as head coach of the Lady Vikings. With the power of our hitters, I'd like to think we can be one of the top three teams in the Mountain Valley Conference and make the Region III tournament. We need to gel as a team for us to be successful.

Qualifying for the regional tournament would be a marked improvement for Hudson Valley, which finished with a 3-14 record a year ago. However, the Lady Vikings return three of their top four hitters, including Rachel Bishop (Red Hook/Red Hook High School), who led the team with 112 kills and 92 digs last year.

Sophomore Katie Chandler (Warwick/Warwick Valley High School) led the club with 63 blocks and 24 service aces and had 92 kills a year ago. Sophomore Stefanie Bowman (Delmar/Bethlehem High School) contributed 42 kills and 37 digs.

Freshman outside hitter Colleen Horan (Schenectady/Mohonasen High School) has the potential to be Hudson Valley's top freshman and top hitter. Freshman Amanda Jeffes (Schenectady/Schenectady High School) is expected to assume the starting setter role.

Hudson Valley will find out quickly where it stands in the conference, as all eight Mountain Valley Conference teams will compete in the Hawk Invitational in Utica on Saturday, September 11. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.