JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – One day after officially reporting to fall camp for the 2015 season, the Arkansas State volleyball team held its first two practices Tuesday under the direction of fourth-year head coach David Rehr with a morning session at the HPESS facility followed by an afternoon practice in the Convocation Center.
The team’s morning practice consisted of individual skills work with drills designed to help the team improve in all facets of the game. The squad then shifted to the Convocation Center for a late afternoon practice session, which featured the team separating into teams and scrimmaging against each other.
“It wasn’t a bad first day at all,” Rehr said. “I was impressed with what our newcomers can do. They really stepped up and showed they’ve got the skills and conditioning we need after going through summer workouts. The returners did very well also and we’re ahead of where we were last year entering practice so we’ve moved on to more advanced things, which is nice. This is the first year we aren’t young anymore so we’re in a good place right now.”
This was the first organized practice featuring A-State’s five newcomers and 12 returning letterwinners from a season ago. The team reported Monday and went through a couple of meetings before wrapping up the day with pictures.
The Red Wolves only lost one senior from last year’s squad that registered a 21-10 overall record with a 15-5 mark in Sun Belt Conference games. A-State finished in a tie for second place during the regular season and advanced to the SBC Tournament semifinals for the third consecutive campaign under Rehr’s leadership.
Arkansas State opens the season at the Redhawks Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Aug 28-29. The Red Wolves open the tournament with host SEMO at noon on Friday, Aug. 28, before playing Missouri-Kansas City later that day at 4:30 p.m. A-State will close the tournament on Saturday, Aug. 29 against Saint Louis University in a match slated to begin at 11 a.m.