Girls Varsity Volleyball
Seven seniors are set to step up in a big way for the 2015 Columbus North volleyball team.
“We have the potential to do great things,” coach Caitlin Greiner said, noting the Bull Dogs graduated seven seniors and four three-year starters from a squad that went 20-14 a year ago. “It always is a goal to have a winning season, and I believe that is very realistic for us this year with our talent.”
Even though the team looks to replace its 2014 graduates, the current seniors appear set to fill any voids in the rotation. Avery Wendel, a 5-9 senior hitter who produced 171 kills and 30 blocks in 2014, is a team leader.
“This season our team is looking pretty good,” Wendel said. “As a team, we all bond really well while we are on the court. I expect for us to accomplish a lot and just grow as a team.”
Joining Wendel are 6-4 junior middle Imani Guy (172 kills, 84 blocks), 5-9 junior hitter Maliah Howard-Bass (71 kills, 109 digs), senior defensive specialist Grace Sonderman (131 digs) and junior defensive specialist Mackenzie Rooks (56 digs). Others with varsity experience are senior Anne Marie Kiel, senior Hannah McKinney and junior Hannah Weaver.
“I expect to go into the season with positive attitudes and for us to learn to play through bad calls and other things that can cause the tempo of the game to change,” Rooks said. “So that way, when it does happen, we can easily bounce back from it and be ready for the next ball.”
Greiner said she is looking forward to the evolution of the team’s younger players.
“We have several young players playing up, and it will be exciting to see how they develop,” the coach said. “Seeing how our team plays at the high level is something to look forward to.”
Columbus North opens its season on Thursday at Shelbyville and follows by competing in the Eastern Greene Invitational on Saturday. Home matches against Perry Meridian (Aug. 25) and Heritage Christian (Aug. 27) come next.
“Obviously we want to have a winning season,” Greiner said. “On top of that, we would like to win the conference tourney as well as be a top team in the conference season matches.”