Lady Rams volleyball team trying to overcome early injuries

Published: Aug. 20, 2011 at 11:27 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 at 2:57 PM EDT
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The Lady Rams volleyball team is eager to get back on the court after falling short of its 10th straight SIAC championship losing to Kentucky State in the finals last fall. ASU has stumbled out of the gate this summer with several injuries to key players including middle hitter Tiffany Butler who has been sidelined since the 2nd day of practice.

Head coach Robert Skinner says the injuries have slowed down progress and chemistry within the group. The Lady Rams lost 4 seniors to graduation this year but will bring back All-Conference player Sabrina Garcia.

Time is winding down before the Lady Rams' first tournament of the year at Valdosta State in few weeks. Coach Skinner knows just how important it is to have all hands on deck before the first match.

Skinner said "We haven't had the opportunity to get everybody on the floor since the first day we opened up.  If we don't get them all on the floor then it's going to be extremely hard for us in our first tournament down in Valdosta.  Picking up the system has not been as easy for them though, they are doing a good job of playing the game but it's just picking our system they haven't done yet.  They are very talented so I know it's just a matter of time for them to get it down.  It has been kind of discouraging but we are about to get a majority of the people back and we'll be able to get it going here pretty soon."

Rams will play in the Wingate by Wyndham Azalea Classic in Valdosta starting September 2nd

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