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VU Volleyball starts 2015 season with this weekend’s Blazer Classic; Trailblazers host Lake Land, Mineral Area, Rend Lake for 2-day event

The Vincennes University Volleyball Team begins 2015 action Friday and Saturday, hosting The Blazer Classic.

The Trailblazers will welcome Lake Land, Mineral Area and Rend Lake to the VU P.E. Complex for six matches, beginning with VU vs. Lake Land at 5 p.m. Friday. The second match on Friday will be Mineral Area vs. Rend Lake at 7 p.m. Friday. Action will resume Saturday with VU and Mineral Area at 10 a.m., followed by Rend Lake vs. Lake Land at 12 p.m. Noon and Lake Land vs. Mineral Area at 2 p.m.

Admission is $5 for the general public. VU students and staff with valid school identification are admitted free. Children 12 and under are also admitted free.

The Traillblazers will wrap up the event Saturday with a 4 p.m. meeting with Rend Lake.

Second-year VU Coach Stephanie Armstrong’s team returns five players from 2014’s 16-24 team. Armstrong and Assistant Coach Mike Misner have added seven freshmen for 2015.

The returners are 5-10 outside hitter Juma Armando, 5-11 setter/outside hitter Brianna Burgess, 5-5 defensive specialist Lindsey Carrico, 5-6 defensive specialist Lauren Comer and 5-9 outside hitter Morgan Wray.

Armando and Burgess both played 101 sets last season. Armando recorded 278 kills (2.75 kills per set) while Burgess finished with 228 kills (2.26 kills per set). Comer added 41 kills last season. Burgess also had a team-high 23 service aces in 2014.

VU’s newcomers this year are:
·    Lauren Charlton, a 5-4 setter from Bicknell,
·    Kassidie Hayes, a 6-1 middle hitter from Tell City,
·    Kaeli James, a 6-0 outside hitter from Albion, IL,
·    Megan Judge, a 5-7 defensive specialist/libero from Bloomington,
·    Shelia Morris-Rogers, a 5-10 middle hitter from Hammond,
·    Lindsey Persico, a 5-10 outside hitter from Indianapolis, and,
·    Jordan Sprinkle, a 6-3 middle hitter from Bristow.

This weekend’s initial look at the Trailblazers will be VU fans’ last chance to watch VU at home for a while. Following Friday and Saturday, VU’s matches will be on the road until the Trailblazers return to the P.E. Complex for the Oct. 2 and 3 Showdown At The Wabash.

The 2015 Blazer Classic’s Official Schedule:
FRIDAY:

    5 P.M.        VU vs. Lake Land
    7 P.M.        Mineral Area vs. Rend Lake
SATURDAY:
    10 A.M.     VU vs. Mineral Area
    12 P.M.      Rend Lake vs. Lake Land
    2 P.M.        Lake Land vs. Mineral Area
    4 P.M.        VU vs. Rend Lake


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