Monday, August 26, 2002
TUSCALOOSA – After taking a second look at the Tide’s volleyball scrimmage on tape on Monday morning, seventh-year Alabama head coach Judy Green had a lot of things to smile about as her squad prepares to open the regular season on Friday night in Bloomington, Ill.
“I was very pleased with the overall efficiency of our offense,” said Green. “I thought that both our setters did a good job of getting the ball to our hitters in a scoring position. I also really loved our defensive effort. We need that intensity in order for us to be successful. Our jump serving looks like it is going to be a real weapon for us. I liked the way that this team continues to mature on the court. They have shown a strong ability to stay composed and patient in long rallies.”
Green put her team through the paces at the annual Crimson-White scrimmage on Sunday afternoon and used the competition as a chance to look at particular lineups and situations. The event, that was open to the public, was also an opportunity for the team to play in front of a live audience as many UA supporters came out to get their first look at the Tide squad during their four 30-point game match.
“I want to say thanks to everybody for coming out to the scrimmage,” Green added. “It was great to have fans in the stands and it was especially nice to have the women’s soccer and tennis teams show up to support us.”
Alabama will continue preparation for their season-opener with Marshall at 5 p.m. on Friday night in the Barker GMC Classic. The Tide is also scheduled to play Florida State (10 a.m.) and Illinois State (7 p.m.) on Saturday. UA opens its home schedule on Sept. 6-7 by hosting the Crimson Tide Invitational.