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St. Louis Surge begins basketball season, has sights set on third national title

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Stl Surge gathers in a huddle during a game (Credit: KMOV) Stl Surge gathers in a huddle during a game (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

In front of a packed crowd at the Washington University Field House, the St. Louis Surge started their 2018 season with a bang.

Saturday marked the seventh season for the Surge, and the seventh year with owner and general manger Khalia Collier at the helm. Collier built the Surge from the ground up at the young age of 23.

"This has been quiet the journey for me," said Collier. "This is a huge year from 23, to now 30 in our seventh season. I've set my own person goals, for us to win our third National Championship and to really grow and have three thousand fans here at Wash-U. We are excited because now people are saying I can't wait to come to the game and they want to experience it for ourselves so this is just a special year for me all the way around."

Under Collier's leadership, the Surge is one of the successful franchises in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. They have earned three regional championships and national titles in 2014 and 2016. The team was close claiming their third national title last year but lost a heart-breaker in the championship game.

"We have carried so much momentum into 2018," said Collier. "Losing in the national championship by one point was a dagger. Now we have really retooled and everyone is in for a treat."

While the team is successful on the court, they are just as successful off it as well, working hard to impact the community.

"Community is exactly how we've earned our fan base," said Collier. "Every fan that we have has been earned over the past seven seasons.We are entrenched we are in school districts, we are at speaking engagements, we host skills clinics. There's never an opportunity that we turn down to be engaged with our youth."

Now refocused and retooled, the Surge has their sights set on returning the the national championship game.

"The goal is to win our third national championship," said Collier. "We've won in 2014, 2016, this is our year. We are averaging a little shy of 100 points a ball game, we have several returners with us right now and some key rookies coming in to really turn things up a notch."

And while doing so they hope to continue to inspire the next generation.

"We've created our own lane not only for professional basketball in the city but for women's professional basketball," said Collier. "I have young ladies coming up to me saying I can own my own franchise I can be the GM."

For more information on the St. Louis Surge and their season, click here.

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