Riverside, CA - The Golden Eagles women's volleyball team will kick off their 2012 season tomorrow, as they play host to the La Sierra University Women's Volleyball Tournament. The Golden Eagles will open with the University of Montana-Western at 11:30 am, followed by the final match of the day versus San Diego Christian, at 7:00 pm. Please click below for a complete schedule of the tournament.The Golden Eagles open the season looking to build on their 23-4 overall record last season, that saw the program qualify for their first-ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament. It was also the first-ever trip for any team from La Sierra University to the NAIA National Tournament, in the school's three years of NAIA membership.
The team will immediately look to fill the void left by setter Samantha Arriaran. Arriaran, the Most Outstanding Player of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) and AII All Conference performer, was instrumental in the Golden Eagles qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately reaching the NAIA National Tournament. Arriaran led the team in assists (9.6 A/S) and aces (50). She will also serve as an assistant coach, to head coach Erin Conley, this season.
The 2012 roster consists of a total of 14 incoming freshmen or transfers, two players who red-shirted last season (Ana Flores and Siao Malepeai), and Paula Hernandez who returns from the 2010 roster after spending a year abroad. Joining that list are the two returning players from last year's active roster, Shelby Madigan and Lina Semaia. Both players led the team in kills last season with 280 kills and 243 kills respectively. Madigan was also named to the AII All Conference team last season. Junior setter, Colleen Stafford, a transfer from Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA) will look to fill the opening left by Arriaran.
Make your plans to come out and support the 2012 Golden Eagles Women's Volleyball team, beginning with the La Sierra University Women's Volleyball Tournament that gets underway tomorrow morning.
2012 La Sierra University Women's Volleyball Tournament (All games will be streamed live. Click on the WATCH LIVE link.)
Wednesday, August 15
9:00am - CSU San Marcos vs San Diego Christian 11:30am - La Sierra vs University of Montana-Western 2:00pm - CSU San Marcos vs Hope International 4:30pm - San Diego Christian vs University of Montana-Western 7:00pm - La Sierra vs San Diego Christian
Thursday, August 16
10:00am - La Sierra vs Hope International 12:30pm - CSU San Marcos vs University of Montana-Western 3:00pm - Hope International vs University of Montana-Western 5:30pm - La Sierra vs CSU San Marcos