Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) volleyball team will have a different look in 2014 without the school's all-time kills leader Kate Lange, but this year's Bulldogs say that doesn't change the expectations they have of the program.
Lange graduated this past spring after four years with UMD, and senior Maddy Siroin knows the team will likely have to play differently this season to find the same levels of success.
"I don't think I've ever been so excited for a season because it's going to be so different," Siroin said. "We're going to have to try new things. People are going to have to get out of their comfort zones."
Head coach Jim Boos knows losing Lange is significant, but he also pointed out that he has lots of depth and skill returning from last year's NCAA tournament team.
"It's odd. You return six of seven starters and yet everyone's asking, 'What the heck are you going to do?'" Boos said. "That includes the coaching staff. It's going to be different. We're going to be purposely different in how we run our offense and how we play a little bit."
UMD is ranked No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Division II preseason poll and will open the 2014 season Sept. 4 against Northern Michigan.