Team preview: Evansville

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

The Purple Aces want to join the party.

With the Missouri Valley Conference booming the last couple of seasons, Evansville has been one of those teams that hasn't been able to share in the wealth.

Steve Merfeld's squad hopes this season could have a different ending to it, and with five starters back, the Purple Aces just might be able to accomplish it.

"We've got experience returning everywhere," Merfeld said. "I feel good about the five guys returning."
Two of those players -- 5-11 Jason Holsinger and 6-4 Shy Ely -- are coming off standout freshmen campaigns that earned them all-conference honors.

"We started two freshman last year and it took them some time to mature and realize they can [play at this level]," Merfeld said.