UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For head coach Char Morett-Curtiss, an opening weekend against Old Dominion and Virginia gives a purpose to the preseason. With preseason out of the way, Penn State is set to kick off the 2017 season on the road this year, traveling to Norfolk to meet Monarchs Friday at 6 p.m.
"You can't glide into your season," Morett-Curtiss said. "You've got to be ready to hit the ground running and those two opponents really bring out the best in us so we know that it's going to be challenging because of the opponents we are facing, but also challenging being on the road and away from home."
Prior to the opener, we caught up with Nittany Lions Skyler Fretz and Cori Conley for a closer look at the team mentality ahead of a season where Penn State will look to build upon a Big Ten Tournament tile and a spot on the NCAA Tournament field of six for the seventh straight season.
"We talked about the process and we've just been building off of what we started off last year during the season, which kind of gradually went into the spring so we're building off last season," Conley said.
More from Conley and Fretz below.