MIAMI — The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M volleyball team faces the toughest schedule in the program’s history, according to coach Eric Iverson.

The Lady Norse report Aug. 8, then kick off the season at home with Independence (Kansas) Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center.

“I feel like we have some good players and some good talent, but we are going to play the toughest schedule we’ve played in the history of our program,” Iverson said.

Iverson is expecting 13 players to report.

Included in that group is five sophomores: Adna De Andrade, a 5-11 middle blocker, from Houston; Thalianette Garcia, a 5-7 outside hitter/defensive specialist from Naguabo, Puerto Rico; Marley Hensley, a 5-7 setter from Carthage, Missouri; Lindsey Limore, a 6-0 middle blocker/right side hitter from McDonald County High in Anderson, Missouri, and Hope Biggs, a 5-8 outside hitter/defensive specialist from Cleveland, Texas.

The schedule includes five tournaments, one tri and

The other home matches as well as duals against the regular District O competition.

“Now that we are in the Kansas district (not Region 6), we have go to figure out as a program to get to the Jayhawk (Kansas Jayhawk Community College) level as far as every night competition,” Iverson said.

Seminole State College is the only Oklahoma school on NEO’s schedule.

The Lady Norse won the District O tournament in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a year ago to qualify for the NJCAA Women’s Division II National Championship.

The Lady Norse went 1-2 at Charleston, West Virginia, losing to eventual national champ Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College, beating Mott Community College of Flint, Michigan, then was eliminated by Iowa Central.

NEO’s tournament schedule includes the NJCAA Volleyball Extravaganza at Wichita, Kansas; Highland (Kansas) Community College, Coffeyville, Kansas City, Kansas, and Cowley, Kansas.

They travel to Overland Park, Kansas on Aug. 24 for a tri hosted by Johnson County Community College.

In addition to the home opener with Independence, the Lady Norse host the Ottawa University JV on Aug. 30, Longview Community College on Sept. 11, Seminole on Sept. 19, Allen County (Kansas) Community College on Sept. 26, Labette (Kansas) Community College on Oct. 1, Coffeyville on Oct. 22, Fort Scott on Oct. 25 and Cowley on Oct. 26.

All home matches will begin at 6 p.m.