Nicole Bardaji is one of four seniors helping lead the 2014 volleyball squad
WACO, Texas - The volleyball season won't officially begin until Friday at 7 p.m. for Baylor when the Bears take on Abilene Christian, but fans can get their first look at BU Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center for the Green vs. Gold intrasquad scrimmage.
The annual event will feature three sets to 25 points and is open to the public. Following the scrimmage the team will sign schedule posters for fans in attendance.
Baylor has high hopes for the 2014 season after returning two key players from injury, the team added a key transfer in Andie Malloy, and a solid group of veterans will look to help the team make a run at its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.
"After a very strong spring and having everyone here for the summer, we started camp going full speed. We are further ahead, as far as our system knowledge and being in volleyball condition, then most teams at this time. We have the offensive fire power to play at a top 25 level," said Baylor head coach Jim Barnes.
Outside hitter Thea Munch-Soegaard missed 15 matches in 2013 while outside hitter Katie Staiger missed all but two matches last season. Barnes said he expects both players back along with Malloy, who was forced to sit out 2013 because of Big 12 transfer rules after arriving from Iowa State.
Barnes said that the team, like most at this time, is dealing with some minor injuries, but he said he expects the team to be fully healthy early in the season.
"We will likely play different lineups until we get everyone healthy over the next two weeks, but we are deep and talented," said Barnes. "This team trains very hard and has the grit to be a Big 12 contender."
If fans are unable to attend Tuesday night's intrasquad scrimmage, it will be carried on BaylorBears.com All-Access. Larry Little will deliver informal play-by-play while conducting interviews with Josie Drago, Barnes and Baylor assistant cross country coach Jon Capron.
Drago is Baylor's assistant director of athletics marketing, and she'll share information on upcoming promotions for the 2014 volleyball season. Barnes will update fans on fall camp, and Capron will preview the 2014 cross country season.