Written by Edythe Brantley
\With two weeks left before they open the 2012 season, the Albany State University Lady Rams have their eyes on the prize and are ready to compete for volleyball championship titles, say Interim Director of Athletics Dr. Richard H. Williams and head coach Robert G. Skinner as they announce the 2012 schedule. The Lady Rams were disappointed after losing to Kentucky State University in the SIAC championship title games for the past two seasons and look forward to redeeming themselves during their 2012 campaign. “The Lady Rams will be competitive this season and we are excited about playing for the SIAC title and in the NCAA playoffs, “ Skinner said. “After back-to-back losses in the championship games, we are definitely ready to avenge our losses. We will play hard and hope to bring the championship title back to Albany State.” Dr. Williams said the Lady Rams will offer fans much excitement during the season. “Our Lady Rams have been working hard in practice to bring a lot of excitement for our fans,” Dr. Williams said. “We invite our fans to come and see the Lady Rams in action during the season and see why we are the team to beat.” Albany State will open the 2012 season on the road at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala. on Aug. 20. The Lady Rams are slated to compete in the Fairfield Inn and Suites Azalea Classic, hosted by Valdosta State University, with matches against Lander University and Florida Tech on Aug. 31 and Converse College and Coastal Georgia College on Sept. 1. The Lady Rams will travel to Mount Vernon, Ga., on Sept. 5 to face Brewton Parker College before competing in the Country Inns and Suites Tournament at the University of Huntsville on Sept. 7-8. Albany State will play UAH, University of West Georgia, University of West Alabama and Union College during the two-day tournament. Albany State will make their home debut on Sept. 12 in a non-conference matchup against Tuskegee University. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at the ASU HPER Gymnasium Arena. The Lady Rams will open SIAC play at home against Benedict College on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Rams will play five home matches in October, including Valdosta State on Oct. 1, Paine College on Oct. 6, Clark Atlanta University on Oct. 9, Alabama State University on Oct. 19, and Claflin University on Oct. 21. Albany State will play Fort Valley State University on Nov. 2 before hosting the SIAC championship tournament on Nov. 7-9 at the HPER Gymnasium Arena.
28 Alabama A&M University Huntsville, AL 7 p.m.
31 Lander University/Florida Tech Valdosta, GA 9 a.m./3 p.m.,@ Fairfield Inn & Suites, Valdosta State University
1 Converse College / Coastal Georgia College Valdosta, GA 9 a.m./3 p.m.@ Fairfield Inn & Suites Azalea Classic,
Valdosta State University
5 Brewton Parker College Mt. Vernon, GA 7 p.m.
7 University of Alabama-Huntsville/West Georgia,Huntsville, AL 1 p.m./5 p.m.. ^
8 University of West Alabama/Union College Huntsville, AL 10 a.m./2 p.m.,
@ Country Inns & Suites Tournament University of Alabama-Huntsville
12 TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY ALBANY, GA 6 p.m.
17 Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, GA 6 p.m.
20-22 SIAC Crossover Tournament Frankfort, KY TBA
25 Claflin University * Orangeburg, SC 6 p.m.
26 Benedict College* Columbia, SC 6 p.m.
27 Paine College * Augusta, GA 6 p.m.
30 BENEDICT COLLEGE * ALBANY, GA 5:30 p.m.
1 VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY ALBANY, GA 6 p.m.
6 PAINE COLLEGE * ALBANY, GA 10 a.m.
9 CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY * ALBANY, GA 6 p.m.
11 Miles College Birmingham, AL 6 p.m.
15 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 6 p.m.
17 Clark Atlanta University * Atlanta, GA 6 p.m.
19 ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY ALBANY, GA 6 p.m.
21 CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY * ALBANY, GA 3 p.m.
30 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA 6 p.m.
2 FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY TBA 6 p.m. 7-9
SIAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT ALBANY, GA TBA
Home Games in BOLD/ALL CAPS * SIAC Games ^ CST
Robert Skinner, Head Coach
Verniece Graham, Assistant Coach
Dr. Everette J. Freeman, President
Dr. Richard H. Williams, Director of Athletics (Interim)
Stephanie Harrison-Dyer, Assistant Director of Athletics