By Ariel Hall
Updated Sept. 16 to correct a misspelling.
Last year, the University of Montevallo volleyball team concluded its season with a 12-1 record and program all-time best .923 winning percentage, plus the many honors that were picked up during the season.
Now, UM’s volleyball team is picked to finish third in the Gulf South Conference, according to the GSC preseason poll, behind conference champion West Florida and Spring Championship Series champion Alabama Huntsville.
Falcons totaled 91 points in the preseason poll and one first place vote. This is behind UAH with 107 points and two first place votes, and the Argonauts who are favored to win their fourth consecutive regular season title.
Senior outside hitter Evelina Teran has been slated on the preseason All-GSC first team. Two other players, Amanda Nugent and Savannah Roys, were named All-GSC in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Though last year the team was not able to have a full conference season, the team is preparing to do their best with their “demanding schedule,” according to Head Coach Katie O’Brien.
“Every year we know that we need to prepare the depth of our positions, this year that will be even more important. We need to stay healthy from injury and COVID,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien described the competition in the gym during practices as “good,” but the team is “expecting a quick transition into the GSC.”
She also stated that the team was looking forward to “traveling and getting to know each other better.”
The women’s volleyball team also recently had their assistant coach Jason McCown promoted to be the volleyball associate head coach.
The Falcons open the 2021 season at the Union University Invitational on Sept. 3 and 4 before hosting Spring Hill College on Sept. 8.