2022 @ASUNVolleyball Season Preview: North Alabama Lions

2022 @ASUNVolleyball Season Preview: North Alabama Lions

North Alabama Schedule | North Alabama 2021 Season Stats

ATLANTA – With the 2022 ASUN Conference Volleyball season approaching, we preview each of the 14 conference squads in preparation for the 38th season of ASUN Volleyball. North Alabama was selected to finish 11th in the Preseason Coaches Poll as the Lions return 13 lettermen to the floor for the upcoming campaign.

Six starters from last year's team are back and looking to build off a nine-win schedule from 2021 in the inaugural year under Head Coach Tristan Johnson. All five of the top five scorers for UNA return as Katy Floyd paced the offensive attack with 288 kills. Two other teammates – Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year Anna Katherine Griggs (236) and Maggie Sullivan (221) – were well over 200 scores a season ago and Kamryn Parsonage almost made it a foursome at the 200-kill mark with 194. Mattrice Harris rounded out the top five scorers with 152 kills.

Johnson will be on the sidelines for his first contests as the head Lion on Aug. 26 when the club has a tri-match against Stonehill and UNC-Asheville. UNA opens its home slate at Flowers Hall on Sept. 2 against Grambling State and Lamar in the UNA Volleyball Classic. Two more pre-conference tournaments take place in the Morehead State Comfort Inn-Vitational (Sept. 9-10) and the Tennessee State Tiger Classic (Sept. 16-17) before the Lions travel to Georgia to take on Kennesaw State in their league opener on Sept. 23. UNA plays at Jacksonville State the very next day before back-to-back matches at home against Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, respectively.

North Alabama Team Quick Facts
2021 Record:
 9-20 (3-13 ASUN)
Best Single-Season Record All-Time in Division I: 9-20 (2021)
ASUN Championship Titles: None
ASUN Regular Season Titles: None
NCAA Division I Tournament Berths: None
ASUN Opener: at Kennesaw State (Sept. 23)

Roster Breakdown
Juniors: 4
Sophomores: 5
Freshman: 2

Coaching Staff
Head Coach:
Tristan Johnson
Career Record: 0-0 (First Year)
North Alabama Record: 0-0 (First Year)
Staff: Abby Irvine, Caitlin Bullock

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