ALBUQUERQUE — Fifteen University of New Mexico volleyball student-athletes reported earlier this month for team meetings before holding the first practice of the 2013 season in the Johnson Center on main campus.
The Lobos, who will have two practice sessions almost every day for the next couple of weeks, reported from as close as a few miles from campus to as far away as Norway and Australia.
Seventh-year head coach Jeff Nelson said the first session was spent getting as many touches on the ball as possible.
“It was exciting to see. It was good at times and it was frightening at times because we have six freshmen, but overall, there were a lot of really good things,” Nelson said. “We saw a lot of good things from each of our newcomers this morning and Devanne Sours, Julia Warren, Danielle Ortiz, Lise Rugland, Cassie House and Maddie Mayfield all had their first practice as a Lobo.”
Ortiz, a former All-State libero for Los Alamos, earned a walk-on spot with the Lobos this spring.
“It was exhilarating,” House said of officially donning Cherry and Silver.
Warren, who knew she wanted to be a Lobo all through high school, echoed House.