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Thursday, August 18th, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Volleyball looking to improve

After a 2-19 campaign in 2010 in its return from a decade-long hiatus, Purdue Calumet’s women’s volleyball team has reason to be optimistic this fall.

The Black and Gold return from last season all six starters, who will get support from a talented class of newcomers.

“Our goal is to take the next step in our second year,” coach and Purdue Calumet alumna Natalie Shadowen said. “We have added some gifted local players who will mix well with our returning letter winners to provide us with good, all-around talent and team chemistry.”

Among veteran returnees are Ashley Eaves (Gary), Savannah Hauter (Schererville) and Julie Sipek (Lombard, Ill.). Eaves led last year’s squad with 111 kills, tallying a career-high 15 against Augustana. Hauter showcased her versatility with 78 kills and a team-leading 153 digs. Sipek established herself as the team’s top setter in 2010 with 173 assists.

The Peregrines will look to incoming freshmen Regina Hope (Griffith), Gabby Johnson (Gary), Sarah Lawson (Valparaiso) and Brittnie Sanders (Indianapolis) for an immediate impact along with former PUC women’s basketball player Chrissy Lobodinski (Merrillville).