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July 3, 2014

Women's volleyball, soccer to start season in August

By Aaron Cutteridge

Viking women take to their respective fields and courts in August right as students return to class on August 23. Women’s soccer will play two exhibition games in early August and their season will begin August 22, the day before classes officially start.

The soccer program returns this season invigorated with new head coach Sonia Curvelo coming from Mississippi Valley State University, who she coached for five seasons and was a member of the Portugal National Team.Viking Women's new head coach Sonia Curvelo

In addition to the new head coach, the Vikings also had three letters of intent in February from Katie Bainbridge of Brookpark, Ohio, Jamie Daniels of Fairfield, Ohio and Payton Lewis of Mentor.

They join Vicki Havas, entering her junior year, fresh off her being named to the All-Horizon League Team, on a young team where half the players are freshmen and sophomores.

Curvelo felt spring training was a success in her Spring Season review.

“I thought the girls did really well coming into training of wanting to do better and to improve,” Curvelo said in her review.

Curvelo sees great potential in the way the players responded to game situations and looks forward to the new mindset and attitude making the entire organization more competitive.

University at Buffalo will visit for an exhibition match on August 12 and then the team will travel to St. Francis University in Pennsylvania for an exhibition before the season starts on August 22 at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lady Vikings Junior Kelly Kiger to lead seasoned team. Volleyball will start with the Appalachian State Tournament in Boone, North Carolina playing Appalachian State on August 29, University of Tennessee at 10 a.m. and Tennessee Tech University at 4 p.m. on August 30.

The women volleyball squad has seasoned players with 7 of the 12 members being jouniors or seniors.

This could play to the Lady Vike’s advantage with Kelly Kiger entering her junior season, fresh off of being named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after helping to lead the volleyball squad to its tenth straight semifinal appearance in the Horizon League Tournament.

Coach Chuck Voss should have a very competitive squad to field the floor this season and improve on their 16-13 record from last season after defeating three-seeded Oakland in the Horizon League Tournament last season and ultimately falling to top-seeded Milwaukee.