MOREHEAD, Ky. -- With the first games of their 2011 schedules getting closer, Morehead State's football, soccer and volleyball teams will report for fall preseason camp this weekend.
The Eagle soccer team, coming off another OVC Championship season in 2010 and led by head coach Warren Lipka, is expected to have 28 student-athletes in camp. The Eagles reported Saturday morning and open with their first practice on Sunday morning at Jayne Stadium.
Several key returnees are back to lead the Eagles, including junior Sam Toepfer and senior Devan Jordan. That pair combined for nine of the Eagles' 36 goals in 2010. Junior Jillian Birchmeier returns as the team's assist leader, handing out five helpers last year. MSU will be looking to keep its unbeaten conference streak intact this fall. In the last two years, MSU is 12-0-4 in OVC matches.
The Eagle volleyball team, also coming off an OVC championship season last year, is expected to have 12 student-athletes in camp starting on Sunday. MSU's first official fall practice will be on Tuesday as they begin preparations for their home and season opener on Aug. 26 against the University of Michigan.
Key returnees for the Eagles include redshirt senior Emma Keough, senior Liz Schuler, juniors Annie Gruenschlaeger and Ellie Roberson, sophomores Leslie Schellhaas and Lindsey Roth and redshirt sophomore Aryn Bohannon. Along with Laura McDermott, who sat out last year, and three freshman, head coach Jaime Gordon predicts fall camp will have strong competition for the starting lineup. MSU also has two setters, including junior Caitlin Clark, vying to run the offense.
The MSU football team will see a large contigent of incoming freshman reporting for the first time on Sunday. Veterans will report on Monday afternoon, and the Eagles will don their gear for the first official fall practice at Jayne Stadium on Tuesday night. MSU will practice at night for the first week and then begin two-a-days on Aug. 14.
Several key players are back to help MSU improve on its 5-6 showing in 2010. With a new offensive system in the works and a majority of the key defensive stars back, hopes are high for coach Matt Ballard's Eagles in 2011. Quarterback Zach Lewis, a record-setting signal caller, returns for his junior year after throwing for 2,898 yards last season. His top targets are all back too, with seniors Andre Williams and Ronnie McDermott, and juniors Jaison Yoshimura and Donte Sawyer, all expected to be in camp.
On the defense line, MSU's senior bookends, Mark Hall and Jerome Raymond are back as well as the Eagles' leading tackler, senior linebacker Tony Bachman.