UMD volleyball serves up first practice

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) volleyball participated in their first full practice on Monday.

The young squad boast only two seniors but are excited for a full season without Covid-19 restrictions. Looking to improve on their 10-10 conference record a year ago.

“Last season we had a really difficult time with injuries and a young team. So I am super excited to get back in the gym with really healthy bodies, we worked out a lot this summer,” said senior Madison Gordon.

“I think one of the secrets of being successful in this sport is having team chemistry and a family feel. Just watching, listing and seeing them already you can see that they are starting to build those things now, and I think that is a huge part of getting to where you need to get,” added Head Coach David Boos.

UMD’s first eight games are tournament play, beginning August 26th against Drury in St. Cloud.

All of which are non-conference opponents, which is advantageous for the team.

“It really boils down to what we need to do to be successful here, you are not focusing on the other side. As soon as we get into conference play we start knowing the names, and the tendencies, we know the strengths and weaknesses. We start focusing our attention on what’s happening on the other side of the net. Those first two weekends though are focused on you, which makes it a lot more fun to coach,” concluded Boos.