Queens’ fall sports back at the game

The Royals fall sports teams took no time getting back into the swing of things to prepare for their upcoming seasons.

Each fall student-athlete returned to campus on August 16, 2014 for preseasons that consisted of a variety of fitness tests, three-a-day practices, scrimmages and lots of sweat in Charlotte’s 90-degree August weather. The Royals are determined to find success in the South Atlantic Conference this season. When I asked an upperclassman on each team about their hopes for this season, each one responded with positivity and optimism about the success they hope to achieve.

“I’d like to expand upon what we did last year by pushing the new and returning guys to succeed in roles outside of their comfort zone,” said senior men’s soccer captain Montrell Morgan. “Ultimately, I want to accomplish all three of our season goals, winning the conference, winning the conference tournament championship, and a national championship. I really think we can do it this year, we just have to stay extremely disciplined and focused throughout the entire process.”

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“For such a young team, I’ve never seen us connect so well on and off the field. With the amount of talent, focus and heart we have, I see us getting further than we have before in my three years at Queens,” said senior Allie Reilly, women’s soccer captain.

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“We have a really young team, and I know teams look at us like that. I know how hard we work in practice and how talented we really are,” said junior volleyball captain Elizabeth Bialkowski. “Being ranked sixth in preseason polls was the first thing that really fired us up. We may be young and people haven’t seen what we can do, but this team knows different and we want nothing more than to finish in the top of the conference and prove everyone wrong.”

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“As a team, our goals are to win our conference meet and qualify for NCAAs for both men and women. We have a great recruiting class and everybody had a productive summer of training,” said senior Chris Vilela of the cross country team.
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