NEWARK, Del. -- First-year University of Delaware volleyball head coach Sara Matthews and the Blue Hens recently completed their spring season, as the squad prepares for the 2017 fall campaign.

The Blue Hens return 10 players from the 2016 team that advanced to the CAA Championship match, and welcome six newcomers as well. Delaware kicks off its fall season on Aug. 25-26 at the West Virginia Tournament in Morgantown, W.Va.

“For me Delaware volleyball is all about grinding and grit and working hard, and that's what our girls are doing,” Matthews said. “I think it's going to pay off in the fall.”