UT Tyler Lady Patriots volleyball counting on experience, chemistry in new season

"We have high expectations for this year. We have a lot of returners.”
Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 11:05 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Football teams aren’t the only ones practicing for the new season.

Area volleyball teams are working out at the Herrington Center on the campus of UT Tyler, and the Lady Patriots are preparing for their first encounter on August 26.

They’ll open at home, hosting Colorado Christian. That’s a tough draw when you consider the Lady Patriots were unbeaten at home last season, sweeping eight straight. There’s more left in this team’s DNA.

“Well, we had a great season last year. We went 20-4; we made our first NCAA appearance in division two. In ever for the programs, that was exciting, but we have high expectations for this year. We have a lot of returners.”

There is a strong mix of experienced seniors on the team, and Hannah Callison says last year’s success can be built upon. “We made it farther into the conference tournament and regional tournament than anyone thought. There was lots of things as far as team chemistry that we worked on at the end of last season and this summer, and so hopefully we carry those things into this season.”

“I think their chemistry—they love each other, they play hard for each other. There’s a great amount of leadership and just high character on this team, so I think that’s big for us.”

This is a team that believes in each other. Winning can be contagious.

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