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Great Danes Begin 2018 Slate at Ohio State Invite

UAlbany Sports Information   08-23-2018

August 24 vs. Ohio State
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August 25 vs. Texas A&M
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COLUMBUS, Ohio —The UAlbany volleyball team is ready to hit the court in 2018. Veteran head coach MJ Engstrom and the 2017 America East Regular Season Champions are excited to get the season underway on Friday, August 24, when the Great Danes square off against Ohio State at 7 p.m. (ET) as part of the Ohio State Invitational.

The squad closes the weekend tourney with a pair of matches against Texas A&M (10 a.m.) and Ohio (5:30 p.m.). on Saturday.

Top Tier Returners
UAlbany returns 11 players for the 2018 season including two-time America East Defensive Specialist of the Year, senior Nicole Otero. The three-time America East All-Conference Team selection is joined by 2017 AE Co-Freshman of the Year Tatiana Tiangco and First Team All-Conference honoree Akuabata Okenwa.

Postseason Players
The Great Danes returned to the postseason last year following a 10-15 overall clip and an 11-1 mark in conference play that landed them a spot in the NIVC Tournament.

Eight Newcomers to the Team
Engstrom begins her 11th season on the bench for the Great Danes in 2018 and will welcome eight new faces to the roster this fall. Charlotte Macken, Olivia Dykstra, Andersen Vaughan, Alexandria Payne, Grace Cozad, Maddie Stone, Taylor Didawick and Anna Chalupa join the Albany program this season, bringing a multitude of experience and skills to Engstrom’s team. The eight-some make-up the Class of 2022 and will look to have an immediate impact on the court.

“We are very excited about our eight freshman,” said Associate Head Coach Josh Pickard. “As a group, they help steady our ball control with who we lost to graduation from the past year.”

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