CMU Volleyball: RMAC tourney champions ready to repeat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) In 2018, CMU volleyball won the RMAC Tournament Championship and made it to the regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament. This year, the Mavericks look to pick up where they left off last season as they bring back two All-American players.

Redshirt junior Kasie Gilfert fit in right away with CMU last season and put together one of the most remarkable seasons for a Maverick volleyball player. The team's first AVCA First Team All-American feels more comfortable heading into her second season. She led the nation in hitting percentage last year and she has big goals for this season. The team will open the season at the Oredigger Classic and will play some of the top teams in the country. An early test in a season the Mavericks were predicted to finish second in the RMAC by the coaches poll.

"I really like the group behind me," said head coach Dave Fleming. "We are really talented. We've got some good senior leadership, or some good upper-classmen leadership. I feel really good about them. We are a little bit dinged up right now. I think that's our biggest hurdle right now is to get everyone healthy."

"We've been working really hard the past couple of weeks and I think we have something special," said Gilfert. "Just our team chemistry and our work ethic and I think we are going to be pretty good this year. I think we have a pretty tough schedule. In preseason, we play a lot of hard teams. I think that means that we can't just start off easy and just kind of roll our way through into season."

(CAMILLE SMITH) "I don't mind being ranked second at all," said senior Camille Smith. "I feel like it takes a little bit of pressure off of us but I still expect us to do good and make it to the RMAC and win."

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