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First Practice of 2018 Ushers in New Era

First Practice of 2018 Ushers in New Era

NORMAN — A new era of Oklahoma volleyball began Wednesday as the team opened its 2018 preseason with its first practices under head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton.

Gray-Walton – joined on the sidelines by first-year assistant coaches Jake Barreau and Megan Pendergast and volunteer assistant Kyle Walton – led her squad in a pair of training sessions at the newly-renovated McCasland Field House to kick off her inaugural season at the helm.

“My overall thoughts are we have great energy — really great energy, good passion, excitement to be in the gym again,” Gray-Walton said. “We took four months off from April to now, so I think everyone’s been really hungry.”

THE SQUAD

The Sooners return nine student-athletes from the 2017 season, including five starters. A wealth of experience comes from the 2018 senior class in Audrey Alford (setter; Norman, Okla.), Madison Drescher (outside hitter;…

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