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Dear friends, family, and alumni of UAlbany volleyball:




Greetings! I hope this finds each of you doing well. The Great Dane volleyball team has been busy preparing to go after a second America East conference championship and NCAA tournament berth. As we embark on another season, one with tremendous potential, I'll fill you in on what we've been doing and what we have upcoming.


We've been in preseason for about two weeks now and are only days away from the season opener at Seton Hall on Friday. Practices have been fast-paced and spirited. Most of the players came in great shape, which shows me that they are wanting even more out of this season. We've spent a lot of time trying to become a better back-court defensive team and blocking team (those that have seen us in the past are probably thinking 'thank god!'). There's no question that we've got a ways to go in both of these areas, but there has been nice strides.


I'd like to invite you to come out for the home opener this Sunday against Buffalo. The match will begin at 2:00 and there will be a team reception with free pizza for everyone in attendance afterwards. Also, our home tournament will be something that you won't want to miss. Friday, Sept. 9th we play Penn, who has won 3 of 4 Ivy League championships at 7:00 pm, and on Saturday the 10th, we play defending MAAC champs Iona at 11:00 am, and then defending MAC champions, Ohio at 4:00 pm. Ohio finished last season in the Top-25 in the national RPI ratings and will be the highest rated team we've ever brought in to the PE Gym. This match will be part of a double-hitter as the football team has their home opener at 6:00. For your convenience, a complete schedule is attached to the bottom of this e-mail.


This promises to be a great year for the Great Dane athletic programs, as we are all trying to defend the conference Commissioner's Cup! Hopefully we'll see you at a lot of volleyball matches this year as well as supporting all of the UAlbany teams.




Go Danes!!!



Kelly Sheffield

Head Volleyball Coach

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