UALR volleyball team predicted to be champions
By: Brian Gregory
The Trojan’s volleyball team is poised to be a dominant force in the Sun Belt conference this year. Last year, they finished second in the league tournament. Although they lost in the first round last season, these Trojans have garnered the prestigious honor of being the preseason favorite to win the conference. Their experience along with their developing talent is believed to lead them to a successful upcoming season.
Coach Van Compton is excited about this season, because she knows that her personnel are highly talented and latent with experience. “When we recruit we not only look for highly talented individuals, but we also look for high character kids with great attitudes,” Compton said. The team has had a longstanding record of academic success with 100 percent of their student-athletes graduating. As a team, they have been placed on the Academic All-American team. Coach Compton spoke about the stress and demand she puts on work ethic, effort, responsibility and commitment. “It is the common thread that runs throughout program on the court, in the weight room, and in the classroom,” Compton said.
The players are excited for this year’s upcoming season as well. Edina Begic, who is the captain and preseason favorite to win the MVP this year, is the leader of the team. She leads by example in all facets of the game. “The team has improved a lot along with the fact that our rival Western Kentucky has moved out of the conference,” Begic said. She believes that the freshman will be able to contribute to the team’s success. Junior Sonja Milanovic, who was 1st team All-Conference last year, looks to be a major contributor to the team. “We gained a lot of respect last year and we are a very good team,” Milanovic said. She believes a focus on teamwork is the key. “Individuals win games, but teams win championships,” Milanovic said. Sonja implores all students to “come and see what greatness is about.” This season looks to be one that will give the students of UALR much to cheer about. The first home conference game will be on September 17 against ULM at 7 p.m.