GO SURGE! Those were the words Surge fans shouted on Friday, May 2, at the 2014 St. Louis Surge Experience the Evolution Season Launch Party, sponsored by St. Louis’s own Pearl Vodka. The Launch Party gave Surge players a chance to take a break from training to join season ticket holders, fans and family celebrate the launch of the 2014 season, which began May 10. The event took place at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

During the event, owner and general manager, Khalia Collier, rallied the crowd as she explained new and exciting changes to the 2014 season roster and coaching staff. Collier announced and introduced new additions to the Surge coaching staff which include head coach, Tony Condra and assistant coach, Angela Lewis. Condra and Lewis are St. Louis natives and bring years of coaching, leadership, mentorship and championship titles to their respective positions.

In addition to the announcement of the new coaching staff, Collier introduced the following returning players:

Jalessa Butler (forward, 6’1, Georgetown University)
Bianca Beck (guard, 5’7, Southeast Missouri State University)
Gabriella Green (post, 6’1, Lindenwood University)
Kassidy Shuman (guard, 5’10, Quincy University)

The following new players were also introduced:

Samantha Barber (guard, 5’8, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point)
Sydney Crafton (forward, 5’10, University of Missouri)
Lucy Cramsey (guard, 5’7, Quincy University)

Amber Dvorak (post, 6’7, Drury University)
Rebecca Harris (guard, 5’8, University of Illinois
Leah Kassing (post, 6’4, Bradley University)
Felisha Loggins (guard, 5’9, Quincy University)
Kayla Person (guard, 5’7,  Drake University)
Devonna Smith (forward, 6’0, University of Missouri – St. Louis)
Hannah Weedman (post, 6’4, Quincy University)
Katie Yohn (forward, 5’11, Bradley University)

The night was filled with excitement as the team mingled with fans and took pictures with all of their supporters, including Super Bowl XLIII champion, Carey Davis.

Pearl Vodka, sponsored the event alongside the Ramada Plaza Hotel who provided special blue and electric green Surge drinks for all Surge supporters. To become a sponsor for the St. Louis Surge events, please contact St. Louis Surge Owner and General Manager, Khalia Collier at khalia.collier@stlsurgebasketball.com.

The St. Louis Surge Home Town Opener is scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at 7 PM at the University of Missouri – St. Louis against the Minnesota Black Ice. Season tickets tickets are now available at www.stlsurgebasketball.com. Game day tickets will be available beginning June 1, 2014.