QUICKSBURG — Mountain View’s volleyball group is coming off a considerably-enhanced time and the Generals are hoping to preserve that momentum going this season.
Mountain Check out returns a solid nucleus of players from a squad that received 3 matches past season — the most the program has gained in quite a few many years.
Junior hitter Emma Sealer mentioned the wins from final yr have designed the team’s self confidence.
“I consider that unquestionably aids us coming into this year,” Sealer mentioned. “And even supplying us a thing to create on. Now we’re not just commencing from nothing at all, we are setting up from these a few wins. And we are seeking to enhance, it’s possible pick up a couple additional. So I believe it truly does assistance, and I know for a fact that it aided our self-assurance, just bringing it into this time.”
Mountain See mentor Wendy Poole claimed she needs the team to grow to be extra of an offensive threat this period.
“I explained to them because working day just one we are heading to battle hard to be an offensive team compared to a defensive staff, like we have been in the earlier,” Poole said. “So we are heading to check out to make that the way that we play — a small faster this yr. I consider they’re excited. We are changing up some of the offensive performs that we had been operating. We are going to operate some more quickly sets this year. I’m hoping for some more rapidly kills.”
Junior hitter Annika Dellinger mentioned the team is excited about participating in additional up-tempo, but also knows it will get a very little time for things to slide into area.
“I consider it really is coming alongside,” Dellinger stated. “I think it is really truly tricky to changeover from currently being a defensive workforce to staying an offensive group, since we experienced actually fantastic diggers past 12 months. So I believe as we follow additional and much more, we’ll get better and superior. So I feel it will occur together, and I consider it will be really wonderful mainly because it is just enjoyment to spike the ball. I just love undertaking it and I assume the other individuals on the crew do as well.”
Dellinger experienced 69 kills and 11 blocks very last time. Junior Lilly Blank experienced 45 kills and an area-greatest 30 blocks although senior Amelia Hess had 24 kills previous time. Senior Alicia Bare, who had 24 helps previous time, also returns for the Generals.
A single detail the Generals have is versatility, specially at the hitter situation. Poole said that’s a great detail, but it is really also produced it tough for her to place jointly a starting up lineup.
“I have a large amount of gamers that can perform all positions on the court docket,” Poole said. “Which for a coach, is great on one hand, but then truly tricky on the other hand. Because I have to check out to determine out where by I want to place everyone.”
Hess mentioned obtaining that versatility as hitters will give the Generals plenty of solutions this time.
“I think we have a lot of sturdy hitters,” Hess explained. “Pretty much anyone on our staff can strike. We can strike from various positions. So I assume it really is just likely to be figuring out on nights who’s on and who’s not and who’s accomplishing finest in what places.”
Poole claimed 1 issue she needs her squad to do a improved occupation finishing off the sets in every match. Past year the workforce struggled to close out sets and Poole mentioned they did the similar in a scrimmage earlier this 7 days.
“We ended up up in every single established and then it was variety of like we again off a very little little bit,” she explained. “I don’t know that we are fairly there however to thrust to the close. So which is a mentality that is acquired to modify. You don’t have to wait for something negative to take place to get the issue. We have to make certain that we’re offensive and thrust to the acquire as a substitute of just ready for the other staff to mess up.”
Poole stated the three seniors — Bare, Hess and Maddie Hoover — are workforce captains and have performed a fantastic occupation as leaders.
Hess claimed it can be been an uncommon experience getting a senior and striving to exchange final year’s four seniors.
“I’ve performed with the same women since I was youthful, who I always followed up,” Hess mentioned. “It truly is distinct now that they are just all absent and currently being the oldest a single is diverse. I believe a large amount of the more youthful women have stepped up to be leaders and fill those people roles that will need to be loaded due to the fact the seniors from previous calendar year still left.”
Mountain See opens its season Tuesday by internet hosting Buffalo Gap in an non-district match.
Dellinger explained she thinks the group can have results this year.
“I know in our initial scrimmage it wasn’t like we crushed and dominated,” Dellinger said. “But the initial match is all about figuring out what is effective and what would not and studying how to do the job collectively as a group. So I believe as we development into the time, I have a large amount of self esteem that were being heading to do very well and get greater.”