News 12 @ 11 Sept 11, 2007
Aiken, SC--Playing in the shadows of the U.S.C. Aiken golf team is another Pacer program who's starting to put their name on the national map, volleyball.
"Teams are going to come out with everything they have," said senior hitter Mandy Gerolstein. "We're ready for it, for ready to fight."
They are indeed ready to fight. The U.S.C. Aiken volleyball program took a major step a year ago in making the N-C doulbe A tournament for the first time in school history. This year, they're ready for the next step.
"Our goals are not only to make it but to go somewhere in it this year." said coach Will Condon.
Stafanie Durham added, "We're in a different region which is not as competitve as the last one so we're expecting to go higher than the first round of the N.C.A.A. Tournament."
No reason to think the Lady Pacers can't go farther. Four starters return including all conference players Mandy Gerolstein and Missy Deardorff. But with a new setter, or team quarterback as you might say, there's been a few growing pains early on.
"We're still trying to figure some things out. We did lose three key players and it is an adjustment anytime you change setters and we're still trying to figure out that position for us." coach Condon added.
The Pacers have raced out to an eight and three record. Not bad, but not great for the new U.S.C. Aiken standards.
Mandy Gerolstein said, "We started out a little bit slow, but we had some gelling to do. We have a lot of experience but we have a couple of girls that are really young so we have to mix the youth with experience."
"We started off kind of shaky but I think right now, this past weekend going three and oh, I think that boosted us up a lot and we now know what we have to do." said Stefanie Durham.
If you're looking for something other than football this week, the Lady Pacers take on Augusta State friday night. That match is at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta.