Union University Volleyball looks to rebuild this season as they lost five seniors and two key underclassmen from the recorded breaking season of 2004. Entering its eighth season of varsity competition, the Lady Bulldogs will look to new head coach, Steven Gream, as he becomes only the second coach in the short history of the Union volleyball program. His familiarity with the program and his experience on past Union championship teams should prove valuable as he builds to continue the winning tradition at Union.
Union will look to the only two returning players, Lindsay Holmes and Purity Ogolla, to provide an understanding of what it means to be a part of a winning program. To assist them with those efforts, Union has signed three transfers from California, and has also added the Jackson Sun Player of the Year, Amanda Hutchison from Trinity Christian Academy here in Jackson.
While the 2005 Volleyball team has no seniors, five juniors make up the largest class on the 2005 roster. Returning players Holmes and Ogolla join with transfers Monica Schirmer, Edith Mendoza, and Elena Villagomez. This group has plenty of playing time and experience that will be valuable to this team. Holmes will continue to hold down the defensive specialist position with Ogolla starting the year at the setter position. Schirmer and Villagomez will play at the outside hitter position, while Mendoza will play the middle hitter position.
Sophomores Lindsey Wallach and Katie Kulow will add energy and determination to the Lady Bulldogs. Wallach will play both the defensive specialist and libero positions. Kulow will be a defensive specialist, while also helping Ogolla at the setter position.
Hutchison and Sharon Green come in as the lone freshmen on the team, but bring exciting play to the court. Hutchison will start as a freshman playing both the middle and outside hitter positions.
This year’s team represents four states (California, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee) and two countries (United States and Kenya).
With the addition of all the incoming talent, Union looks to continue having a competitive team each time they step onto the court. The Lady Bulldogs are rebuilding, however Coach Gream has a confident outlook for the 2005 season, stating that these girls can “flat out play.”