Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hudson Classic Kicks-Off Basketball Season this Weekend

Vol State is preparing for the tip-off of another great year of Pioneer Basketball. The Vestle "Pops" Hudson Classic kicks-off the regular season at home on November 1 and 2. There will be a series of games between teams from all over Kentucky and Tennessee held on both days, with games beginning at 2:00pm on November 1 and 1:00pm on November 2. The Vol State teams play at 6pm and 8pm on Friday and 5 and 7pm on Saturday. Women play first and the Men second.

"This weekend gives us a chance to get on the floor, it's really a warm-up", said Men's Basketball head coach Rusty Melvin. "Because next week November 8th and 9th we go against our conference teams which are important."

The Men's Basketball squad is a young team. Coach Melvin has only three returning players from last season. Even though the team is young, each player shows a great deal of athleticism and physical strength to get the job done on the court.

The team recently played in a big jamboree consisting of 28 other teams, along with 250 college coaches in Atlanta,Georgia. Five players have already been offered scholarships from several schools to play next year.

"We have several players that are more than qualified to play Division 1 basketball, everyone will be able to see that at our games," said Melvin.

Women's Basketball acting coach, Rafael Howard, is excited to see how his style of coaching has worked with the team.

"We've got a good group. We just got to get everything in, and make sure we are where we need to be,"said Coach Howard.

Howard says they have two key play makers to watch for throughout the season: Bre Neal and Jenise Davis. Davis recently played very well during a scrimmage, collecting 23-points.

"Over the next few days we are going to go hard to prepare for not only the Hudson Classic game but the rest of the season," Howard said. "We are just trying to make sure that we have got everything that we need to get us ready."

Come out and show your support for the Vol State Men's and Women's Basketball teams. Check out the season schedule to see when and where the Pioneers are playing throughout the season. Home games are held in the Pickel Field House and they're free with your Vol State ID.








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