|IAC VOLLEYBALL: EXPERIENCED LADY WOLVERINES TAKE AIM ON POSTSEASON BERTH IN 2017 (2017-08-29)
Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Waverly has an experienced group returning in 2017, but coach Kesha Sinsabaugh says the Lady Wolverines may take some time to put it all together.
(Waverly opens the 2017 campaign this evening at IAC South Large School Division rival Watkins Glen.)
“We are experienced, but we will be working out the kinks in the beginning with more than half our team not playing with each other since last year.
“Once they get comfortable, as long as each person continues to work on the individual goals they set, we should excel throughout the season,” said Sinsabaugh.
The Lady Wolverines have been concentrating on serve-receive in the preseason.
“Serve-receive is going to have to be our focus, through serve-receive we should be able to get the rest of the game moving with the skilled players that we have,” she noted.
Sinsabaugh’s expectations for this team are the same as every year — make the playoffs.
“We want to use our regular-season games to focus on continual improvement in order to make it to the Section IV tournament,” she said. “The goals have been set high, the expectation is to work to meet them, through continual improvement.
“We need to work during the season to obtain a first-round home sectional game,” said Sinsabaugh. “Being in a league that will not allow a lot of playoff points to be earned because we play schools in the classes below us, compared to the others in our section,” added Sinsabaugh. “We will need to bring our top game for each match we play.”
The Lady Wolverines return five seniors in setter Katie Goodwin, outside hitter Madison Mitchell, and defensive specialists Abigail Searles, Rebecca Salsman, and Khloie Garrison.
Also returning is junior outside hitter Sydney Meyers. Junior middle hitter Jordan Mente is expected to miss most of the season following knee surgery.
Waverly also has five newcomers up from a successful JV team in junior outside hitter Siera Kirk, sophomore middle hitter Paige Lewis, sophomore outside hitter Adrianah Clinton, and sophomore Courtney Stillman at defensive specialist. Junior middle hitter Sarah Wood will be out for the season with a foot injury suffered in one of Waverly’s scrimmages.
Sinsabaugh points to Goodwin, Meyers, Lewis, and Kirk as players to watch in 2017.
ON THE IAC LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION
Edison, Watkins Glen, and Newark Valley are our focus schools to earn the Large South School title this year,” said Sinsabaugh.
“Edison and Watkins Glen both had some key losses from last year, but as always I expect them to bring a good game to the court,” she added. “We will definitely need to start out strong as we travel to Watkins for the first game of the season.”
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