FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Normally a fall sport, the NJCAA announced in July that volleyball’s season would be pushed back from the Fall to the Spring. Head coach Priscilla Morgan said the players weren’t thrilled, but as a coach starting a program, it was a relief.
"Normally we come in in August and get about two weeks of practice and boom start playing," Morgan said. "We got about four months instead and that’s been pretty vital getting this program off the ground.
What made that break even more necessary, Morgan inherited 14 freshman and no sophomores something she’s never experienced in her decade of coaching.
"I kind of call them my giraffes sometimes because they’re all just new and trying to find their way in the world," Morgan said. "But they’re a competitive group and probably my most favorite group ever because they want to be part of leaving a historic season."
Out of the 14 freshman, 11 are from Mississippi, five from Desoto County including teammates Morgan Lee and Londyn Bakeris, former Lewisburg Patriots. They said the four extra months of prep was important to mesh as a unit, but they are definitely ready to play college volleyball for real tomorrow.
"We’re ready to get our record on the book, you know, first team ever, ready to have that one win and just ready to go," Lee said.
"Everybody is just so excited, we can’t wait to just show everybody what we’re made of," Bakeris said. "And prove it to ourselves and everybody else that a first year program with all freshman really can do it."
ICC is one of only three JuCo volleyball programs in Mississippi, the others being Northwest and Pearl River. Coach Morgan said it’s been a bit of a struggle scheduling out of state teams in the middle of the pandemic, so they’ll be in store for some long road trips.
Tomorrow the inaugural season will kick off in Boaz, Alabama for a doubleheader against Bevill State and Snead, then on the following weekend they will play four games down in Pensacola, Florida.