Friday, August 24, 2012

Prairie Stars' Rooke starts rebuilding job in volleyball

University of Illinois Springfield volleyball coach Noelle Rooke is stressing fundamentals, and the first-year coach is hoping her players will build on the basics as the season goes along.

“They’re all open to change and hungry to learn and get better,” Rooke said.

Much of last season’s team, which had a 5-25 overall record and a 2-17 Great Lakes Valley Conference mark, is back. Ten of the 15 players return.

Junior outside hitter Kellee Mahaffay was second on the team in kills in 2011 with 219. Senior opposite hitter Ann Nottingham was third with 213 and added 245 digs.

The team was featured by the State Journal-Register on August 24, 2012.

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