Katy Ford returns for her second full year at the helm with a few veterans and many newcomers to the sport. Five returning players give rise to vastly improving upon last year’s three wins.
The returnees are seniors: outside hitter Janet Cruz, setter Sai Parr and libero Bawi Sung; and middle blockers: junior Lisia Hankston; and sophomore Jada Taylor. Sophomore setter Nuan Iang appears to be the best among nine varsity newcomers.
“I’m glad I have girls who have been in the program because they will be able to help the girls who haven’t touched a volleyball before,” Ford said. “They are making it easier on them to pick up the sport.
“The seniors are good in communicating with the girls on what to expect. Building this program is a challenge because we are struggling in numbers, but I have faith in this group.”
Cruz moves to the outside after being a middle blocker; Parr split last season with the JV as a setter; Sung, the team’s best passer, moves to libero. Hankston and Taylor are solid as middle blockers.
“My goal is to teach these girls how to play the sport because a lot of them come in not really knowing what to do. I want them to develop a passion for the game and to have fun.”