OXFORD, Miss. – Just under two weeks from the start of the 2023 season, Ole Miss volleyball opened fall camp and completed its first week of practice on Saturday at the Gillom Athletics Performance Center.
The anticipation for first serve in just 13 short days grows every day for the Rebels. As the team trains twice a day the vibes in the gym couldn’t be better for Henry and the Ole Miss squad.
“It’s great to be together all over again,” said Henry. “I’m really excited about how the team came prepared from all their summer workouts. This is probably the best that they’ve been prepared to get to get to sixes as soon as possible. From our athletic training staff to our strength and conditioning staff, everyone believes that this is as prepared as they’ve ever been. The vibes have been great. They’re in a good headspace. Physically we’re really getting it together.”
The Rebels returned 12 members from the 2022 squad, including All-SEC middle blocker Sasha Ratliff and All-SEC Freshman setter Aly Borellis. Among the two biggest names returning for Henry are super seniors Anna Bair and Maggie Miller, who both elected to return and spend their fifth year of eligibility in an Ole Miss uniform.
“Having Anna and Maggie back for their fifth year is really great … It really says a lot about what we are trying to do here and that they want to continue to be a part of it. It says a lot about the teammates that they are working with and that they want to come back for the team and their coaches and to continue their careers as Ole Miss Rebels.”
But it’s not just upperclassmen who are key returners for the Rebels. Henry also welcomes back a highly touted freshmen class comprised of five AVCA High School All-Americans. The group did not disappoint in the freshman season in Oxford, collecting a combined four SEC Weekly Honors and playing in over 85.6% of the team’s total sets.
“I’m really excited about that group. Some of them are pretty young too and they are going to continue to push our program forward as they continue throughout their career here. I think [last year] was just the beginning of how they are going to be able to produce for our team. Hopefully, we are seeing more than just weekly honors, SEC honors and potentially All-American honors in the near future.”
Henry’s 2023 squad is a close-knit group with only 13…