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LWC Volleyball 2022 Season Preview

From Lindsey Athletics

Lindsey Wilson College women's volleyball head coach Jerry Forbes, in his fourth season at the helm of the Blue Raiders' program, has announced the schedule for the upcoming campaign.

After claiming its seventh consecutive Mid-South Conference tournament title in 2021, Lindsey Wilson will once again face a heavy calendar in 2022. The Lindsey Wilson schedule features four schools ranked by the NAIA in its 2021 Postseason Coaches Poll, including two-time defending national champion Missouri Baptist University.

The highly-anticipated meeting with the Spartans will go down on August 25 in St. Louis as part of the Blue Raiders' second tournament of the season. The Vette City Classic in Bowling Green kicks off the season, pinning Lindsey Wilson up against the likes of William Carey University (MS) and Blue Mountain College (MS) on August 19, before closing with Point University (GA) and Tennessee Wesleyan the following day.

Then, in Missouri, the Blue Raiders open serve on their stay in the Gateway City versus 12th-ranked Midland University (NE) in front of their encounter with Missouri Baptist. A subsequent dual against No. 7 Viterbo University (WI) sets the locals up prior to traveling west to take on 17th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University and No. 25 Columbia College (MO) on the 27 of August, bringing their first week of competition to a close.

The next two months plunge Lindsey Wilson into conference-play, beginning on Thursday, September 8 at Cumberland (TN) then rolling into early-November. Aside from the other usual suspects of the conference, the Blue Raiders welcome Wilberforce (OH) into their schedule on October 7 as the latest addition to the Mid-South Conference.

Personnel wise, the locals are headlined by the return of NAIA All-American honorable mention and First-Team All-Conference selection Camryn Rich. The Louisville-native has asserted herself as one of the nation's top setters and is actively ranked sixth all-time in Blue Raider program history with 2,877 career assists.

She is flanked by returning Second-Team All-Conference honoree Alexis Smith, and honorable mention Madison Bidwell. The upperclassmen duo finished fourth and third on the team, respectively, in 2021 with 184 and 162 total kills. The pair also combined for 39.5 total blocks and 85 digs.

Junior Alix Stoermer is due back on the floor in 2022 after turning in the squad's second-highest attack percentage of 0.348 in 2021.

All told, Forbes welcomes back ten familiar faces, as well as four freshmen and a sophomore-transfer in the hopes of capitalizing on last season's 25-7 overall record, which saw the Blue Raiders advance to their 11th NAIA National Tournament.

This story was posted on 2022-08-10 08:06:18
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