Aggie volleyball will begin their 2014 season Thursday, Sept. 4 against the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith.—Justine Gaskamp photoAggie volleyball will begin their 2014 season Thursday, Sept. 4 against the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith.—Justine Gaskamp photo
**For Immediate Release** Aggie Volleyball Digs in for a New Season By Justine Gaskamp on 08/14/2014

Goodwell, Okla.—A new season approaches for the Oklahoma Panhandle State University volleyball team along with a fresh start for seven returning players.

Seniors Shaina Eddings (OH/MB) and Terra Madden (S) look to lead their team to new heights this year with the help of four juniors: Celci Bakos (S/MB), Dejiana Rubio (OH/DS), Kayla Schwartz (DS/L/OH) and Natalya Weber (RS/DS). Libero and defensive specialist Nicole Fournier will also return for her sophomore season.

Four freshmen have joined the ranks this year adding depth to the outside hitter and right side positions: OH/RS Tayler Burzette of Norman, Okla., OH/RS Haley Davis of Yukon, Okla., OH/RS Krista Dawkins of Springfield, Colo. and MB Katherine Huckabee of Norco, Calif. Junior transfer Megan Archuleta will compete at the libero position as well as defensive specialist; Archuleta comes to OPSU from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado and is originally from Albuquerque, N.M.

Head coach Mike Stephens will mark his sixth season with OPSU and is eager to get things started with this great group of student-athletes. Stephens is joined by Tiana McCowan who enters her third season as assistant coach for Aggie volleyball. Brittany Dubberstein and Michaela Redding will serve as student assistants.

The Aggies kick off the 2014 season at home on Thursday, Sept. 4 with a match against the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith at 5 p.m. Volleyball fans are invited back to the Oscar Williams Field House Sept. 5-6 for the annual OPSU Aggies’ Challenge Tournament. Matches begin Friday at 10 a.m. with the Aggies taking on the University of the Southwest; at Noon Southwestern Christian will take on St. Gregory’s followed by another Aggie match-up at 2 p.m. against Southwestern Christian; the final game on Friday will be at 4 p.m. as the University of the Southwest meets up with St. Gregory’s.

Saturday’s matches will start at 9 a.m. with Southwestern Christian versus the University of the Southwest. The Aggies will intercede at Noon with a Heartland Conference match against Dallas Baptist and the tournament will pick back up at 2 p.m. as OPSU goes up against St. Gregory’s. The tournament will conclude with a consolation match of seed three versus seed four at 4 p.m. and the championship match at 6 p.m.

Aggie fans can also mark their calendars for a “Pink-Out” match against the University of Texas-Permian Basin on Oct. 16; the annual Alumni Match on Oct. 18; the return of the Halloween Spike-tacular on Oct. 30 and the recognition of seniors on Nov. 11.

Great things are in store for Aggie volleyball this year! Complete rosters and schedules can be found on the official website for Aggie Athletics at www.opsuaggies.com.