ABILENE, Texas -

Hardin-Simmons’ volleyball team hit the court for the first time this season on Monday.

Seventh-year head coach Sabrina Bingham welcomed in 19 players, including 11 returning lettermen and five starters from a year ago.

“We have an experienced team, but we also have a very good class of freshmen,” said Bingham. “We are ready to start blending them into a team. This is the most players we have ever had to start the season, so it will be different from that standpoint.”

The Cowgirls will be looking for a fourth straight American Southwest Conference title in 2013. Last year HSU had a school-record 25-game winning streak as part of a 29-4 record.

HSU will open its season on August 30 at a tournament in Belton.

Information provided by HSU athletics department.