I am super excited for this year’s season. This is my first year coaching Volleyball in Hay Springs and I am seeing talent where I didn’t expect it. This will be a season of change for the Lady Hawks. We graduated several starters last year, so you will be seeing a revamped roster and system change. I am extremely optimistic that the returnees and a promising transfer senior can develop into a competitive team.
A season of change will be the theme this year. The girls are not only adjusting to a new coach but new roles as well. I have setters who can hit and hitters who can set. If we can capitalize on this versatility you will see some surprising plays, making for exciting volleyball for the fans.
While the Lady Hawks will miss last year’s seniors, the sophomores are showing a lot of promise on the court and will help fill the void. Leadership will be coming from returning starters Beth Roberts and Michaela Metcalf along with new student Kodee Muhr, a senior from Harrisburg. Kodee will be a great asset to the set/hit combo of Roberts and Metcalf. Another plus point will be junior Stephanie Tlustos who can also step in as a setter or hitter.
The flexibility on our team is also one of the challenges we face. We will need to utilize the talent wisely and efficiently. The girls are also going to be working hard on back row play. In a league as strong as Panhandle Conference, defense will be the name of the game. We certainly have the ability to be a factor on the defensive end. At the same time, we are young and we will take some hits; but our goal is to work towards being a competitive team.