Welcome Back: Bucknell Volleyball Opens 2012 Camp
Aug. 8, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell volleyball joined a quickly growing list of Bison squads now on campus as it reported for its first full day of preseason camp on Wednesday. With the start of competition just over two weeks away, the Bison got down to business early at Davis Gym, beginning with fitness testing and defensive drills.
In 2012 Bucknell brings back 12 of its letterwinners from a year ago. Among them are seniors Kat Tauscher (Washington, D.C./National Cathedral School) and Kebah Edoho (Odenton, Md./Arundel), who were both named captains earlier this summer. Both were also interviewed for a Bison Vision piece during a break from their preseason practice where they discussed their views of the upcoming campaign and recent summer activities that included an internship in San Francisco for Tauscher and work with South African Airways for Edoho.
The Bison got Wednesday's action in Davis Gym started with fitness drills courtesy of strength and conditioning coordinator Jerry Shreck. The team then transitioned to discussing team goals and eventually passing and defensive drills, something Bucknell plans to focus on in the new season.
"One of the bigger challenges for us this year is going to be increasing our defensive production," said head coach Cindy Opalski prior to the start of camp. "It was a part of our game last year that we struggled with, but I think this spring showed a lot of really good promise."
Bucknell will begin its season with four early tournaments, opening with the La Salle Invitational in Philadelphia. After competing at the Robert Morris/Duquesne Invitational in Pittsburgh and the Fordham Rose Hill Classic in New York, the Bison will return to Davis Gym for their home-opening Bucknell Tournament Sept. 14-15.
"We're going to try a lot of play sets, a lot of variety things, so that should be fun. We'll get to experiment with that the first four weeks of the season," said Opalski, who is entering her 23rd season with Bucknell. "We jump into league play in the end of September and then cut away to go out West and really test ourselves against an extremely strong Pepperdine and Bakersfield. Both of them are very good. It's about creating opportunities for our kids to be successful and learn things and then bring them back and transfer those same lessons to teams in the Patriot League."