The 2011 team had their first practice last night and according to Coach John Spooner it was very encouraging. “We have three seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and four freshman. This is most experienced group in a long time. For the first time on the court this year I saw a lot of things going right.”
“We lost some key freshman from last year, so other players will have to step up in working on new roles.” Coach Spooner noted as practice continued.
The Tigers open their season August 26th in the Great Lakes Invitational and look to build on the experience of the past two years under C0ach Spooner. The Tigers are coming off the best two year combination since the early 1990′s. With returning ACCA All-American’s Joee Spooner, (MH) and Naomi Kemper (OH), the Tigers look to set goals even higher this year. Getting Nichole Galbicsek back from a season ending injury last year is a major boost in that direction. Leslie Pumford (MH); Tabitha Ryan (DS/L); and Jessica Ryan complete the returning members of last year’s squad. Shelby Manson (DS) along with freshman newcomers Aubrey Domsic (East Kentwood High School, MI); April Lorenz (Hopkins H.S.); Anna Veldink (Zion Christian H.S.); and Jessica Sidebottom (Cope, Colorado) will all help in providing depth and support during the year.
“Anna was a two time All-Conference setter and Aubrey played up to her junior year for one of the best volleyball programs in Michigan. So we expect all our freshman to contribute greatly to our team goals.” Coach Spooner said after practice ended.
According to Coach Spooner the Tigers will be facing their toughest schedule in school history but confident in the value it will bring to the team. “Our men’s basketball team has shown the value of playing a higher level of competition and we hope it will better prepare us for a strong finish this year.” The Tigers play NAIA powerhouse Cornerstone University; Aquinas College as well as Concordia University in Ann Arbor. And the NCCAA Div. II Mid-West Region is the strongest nationally, but the Tigers are confident and excited about the journey.