Great expectations for ASU volleyball

It's another year, and another season of high expectations for Albany State volleyball.

Behind Head Coach Robert Skinner, the Lady Rams have won nine S.I.A.C. championships. The coaches picked ASU to win a tenth conference title in the preseason polls.

They'll be led by middle hitter Jillian Anderson and outside hitter Ashley Johnson. Both were selected as first team all-conference heading into the season.

Still, Albany State will go through some growing pains. Coach Skinner admits they lost a few key pieces from last season. They're relying on several newcomers and they'll have to learn on the fly.

"We know we're gonna be young," Skinner said, admitting they might lose some early games. "Just being able to maintain down the stretch and be contenders at the end."

The Lady Rams will officially start their season this weekend at the West Florida Invitational.