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Volleyball up close, personal

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Members of the SMU Volleyball team prepare for play during a match at Moody Coliseum.

Members of the SMU Volleyball team prepare for play during a match at Moody Coliseum. (MICHAEL DANSER/The Daily Campus )

 

SMU volleyball is coming off of a weekend of wins, as they begin to prepare to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Wednesday. 

 

The team defeated Tulane in New Orleans on Friday, after winning five sets over the Green Wave.

 

The Mustangs returned home on Sunday to defeat Southern Miss 3-2.

 

The start of the 2010 season is the best yet in program history with 12-3 on the year and 4-0 in C-USA play. 

 

“Each game is a different healthy respect to that opponent. Winning is awesome; we allow the team and ourselves to appreciate the win on the day of the win, and the next day it’s time to move on,” said head Coach Lisa Seifert.

 

Seifert credits this year’s success to the experience, chemistry, commitment and goal dedication that each member of the team possesses. 

 

Junior outside hitter Dana Powell is one of the team’s most award- decorated players.

 

Already this season, Powell has been named C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 30), earned MVP of the Baylor Classic, and recorded 20 kills and 18 digs to help the team beat TCU.

 

Last season, Powell earned All-American Honorable Mention honors and was named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, registering a total of 440 kills in 2009.

 

According to Seifert, Powell doesn’t let all the recognition go to her head. 

 

“Dana Powell doesn’t care at all about the awards. She would rather see the team win, than get an award,” Seifert said. “There aren’t words to describe this human being. She is someone that I am priviledged to get to know, and I would say that about all of them.

 

Other standouts this season include outside hitter Kathryn Wilkerson, who has registered 1,238 career kills, and middle blocker Courtney Manning, who is ranked 19th in the nation for her 1.33 block per set average. 

 

 SMU is currently coming off of a five-game winning streak.

 

“I look at our five set matches, and there are two reasons why we succeed. Chemistry is the X-factor, and physically we are in better shape. We are strong and more physical than other teams,” Seifert said.

 

On Wednesday the SMU volleyball team will host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Moody Coliseum for this year’s “Pack the House.”

 

Tulsa is currently 13-2 in season play and 4-0 in conference play.

 

SMU encourages the student population to come out and support the program.  The game is set to start at 7 p.m. Admission is free for all SMU faculty, staff and students. 

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