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ATLANTA – After two days of practice, the Georgia State volleyball team is starting to work on the skills it will take to be successful this season. Head coach Tami Audia is most impressed with the leadership that Panther upperclassmen have shown thus far.

“I have been really happy with how our upperclassmen have set the tone for practice,” said Audia. “I think that they are doing a good job not only communicating what drills we’re running and what the girls are supposed to be doing, they’re also communicating what Georgia State volleyball is all about. They’re setting a good example on and off the court.”

With eight newcomers to the Panthers, competition for starting roles will be intense during preseason workouts.

“Our upperclassmen know that we put the best players on the court,” said Audia. “We’re at least two, if not three, deep at every position. Our freshmen have played at a high level before and right now they’re learning our system.”

During the first two days of practice the Panthers have focused on expectations for the team. Next week will be more intense for the team as they gear up for the regular season, which begins August 24 against Troy at the Benson Hospitality Bulldog Invitational at the University of Georgia.

“Next week will be focused more on quality rather than quantity,” said Audia. “It will probably be a little tougher next week because our expectations will keep going up. We’re going to turn the heat up.”

GSU hosts Samford in the home opener September 7, at 7 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena.