Sophomore Jaci Gonzalez looks to have a strong season after a solid freshman campaign
Aug. 25, 2003
The University of Houston volleyball team has spent the past three weeks preparing for the season opener against Wyoming at the Baylor Classic on August 29. The work the Cougars have put in during practice is starting to pay off as the team prepares for the opener.
Cougar head coach Bill Walton said the team is coming together, but there are still some question marks.
"We look better than we did last year, at least at this moment, in terms of the overall team," he said. "The only difference is that last year we knew where our points were going to come from. This year as we look at the team, we're still not sure where our points are going to come from. It's going to have to be a team effort, move the ball around and play real solid as a group.
"As the year goes on several of the players will have to bring their games up to allow us to compete on the week in and week out basis. We're going to be able to play volleyball with everybody; the question is are we going to be able to score enough points with everybody."
Despite being just seven days away from their first match, Walton said he wouldn't mind the season being another couple of weeks away.
"Everybody says 'are you ready?' and the obvious answer is no. We're going to play in a week but in my estimation, what coach is ready to play."
The Cougars have 15 matches in September. Walton said after those matches are played, the team will be well prepared for C-USA play.
"Part of playing teams in the preseason, even though it counts on your record, is to find out what kind of things you need to work on," he said. "You'd like to win all your matches, but win or lose we're going to find out what we need to do to get better. We're going to be well prepared for conference and I think we're going to be a good conference team. Whatever inconsistencies we need to work on, we will have had time to work on them in September."