Lady Lions volleyball hold Green and Gold scrimmage game

New water was finally tested as the Lady Lion’s volleyball team took the court in the Green and Gold scrimmage Aug. 28, which is a scrimmage where the team splits and competes against one another.  New head coach, Jim Smoot, who has had more than 20 years of collegiate head coaching experience, led the girls.
“I think their basic is pretty strong,” said Smoot about his new team.  “I told them there are a few things they can tweak that are really going to help us.  My main focus right now would be a little faster attack, especially on the outside hitters.”
Smoot was previously a head coach at Ohio State, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount and South Alabama.  He also led his teams to the Men’s NCAA Division 1 Final Four and the Women’s NAIA Final Four.  Smoot’s experience goes back all the way to being named Most Valuable Player in 1973 at Pepperdine.
“I think he’s really great for our program right now,” said Megan McMillin, senior defender.  “He’s everything we needed.  You know, new coach, new team, new season.  We’re ready to take the Southland Conference by storm.”
McMillin was an honorable mention for the Southland All-Conference team last season and continues to lead her team in her final year.
“Personally I think I can lead the team with positive attitude to keep everyone up and keep everyone focused on what they need to do,” said McMillin.
The girls fought hard against one another during the scrimmage, but had fun doing it and were able to play in a game setting.
“I think it went well.  Both teams were fighting hard against each other,” said McMillin.  “That’s what our team does.  We’re super competitive, but we love each other still.  It’s great, we’re really close this year.  We really push each other on the court, in practice, in scrimmages and I think that’s going to help a lot.”
Smoot similarily was happy with the way the night went.
“I’m pleased with what we saw out there,” said Smoot.  “I guess we’ll find out this weekend [how we play].  It will be interesting.  It’s going to be a little bit of guess work for me right now so it will be interesting to see what we do.”
The first official game of the Lady Lions’ season was Friday, Aug. 30 against Florida Atlantic.
“I think that this season we can go far.  I think we’ll be in the top of the conference and I really think we have a shot at that title,” said McMillin.
The Lady Lions will pay their first home game on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in the University Center against the Tulane University Green Wave. For more information on the upcoming season visit lionsports.net.