GREENVILLE, Ill.-- When asked to describe this year’s team in three words, head coach, Roy Mulholland used the words athleticism, togetherness, and depth. All three of those qualities will undoubtedly help propel the Lady Panthers toward success this season.
Last season, the women complied a record of 13-12 (8-8 SLIAC). The team lost three starters, Ieisha Adams, Laura Hobbie, and Katelyn Wise. Adams and Hobbie were both on the SLIAC All-Conference Second Team in 2012-2013. Fortunately, the Lady Panthers brought in six new players to fill the void left by the graduating seniors.
“We had quite a bit of change and brought in a number of new players,” Coach Mulholland explained. “I am excited to see how the new players will mesh in with the returners.”
In addition to the fresh faces, GC returns two starting players, Emily Gundy and Coley Baker. Gundy is a senior captain this year and her leadership will be a key to the team’s success. Baker led the NCCAA in blocked shots last year as a freshman and is expected to be a driving force for Greenville this season. Also returning for GC is Jamie Schollenbruch who had the important role as the sixth man last season.
The team finished fifth in the SLIAC last season, behind Westminster, Webster, Eureka, and Spalding.
“I believe the Conference is wide open this year, “ Mulholland said. “It will be six teams fighting for four spots so it’s going to come down to close games and how quickly our new players can develop.”
Despite all the change, Coach Mulholland refuses to think of this season as a rebuilding year.
“It is a growing year,” he explained. “We expect to compete with our young team this season.”
The women kick-off their 2013-2014 season with a road game against Millikin on Friday, November 15.