Walker Valley is set to get its volleyball season started off on a positive note as the Lady Mustangs travel to take on Soddy-Daisy Tuesday.
“The girls have really wanted to work hard in the preseason to be ready to compete and I feel like we’re at that point. We’re where we need to be to get things started,” head coach Judy Pruett said.
Last season wasn’t an ideal one for the Lady Mustangs, who weren’t often on the winning side of things.
“We did not have a winning season last year. We competed with everyone, but we didn’t finish the games,” Pruett said.
Walker Valley will have leadership from three senior players for the 2013 season.
“We’ve got three seniors — Rachel Lawhorn who’s a middle, Baylee Boen who’s an outside, and Alex Rominger who is our libero/DS (defensive specialist),” Pruett said. “We lost five seniors but I think we will be competitive.”
The Lady Mustangs also have four juniors on their varsity roster, as well as some underclassmen.
“We have one freshman and six sophomores on the team, so at times we will have a fairly young team out there,” Pruett explained. “They play club ball together so they are competitive. We’re excited about the season starting up.”
According to the coach, the team’s average height is around 5-foot-6 or 5-7, with some of the middle’s getting up into the 5-8 and 5-9 range.
Coming off of an encouraging preseason, Pruett knows the season will still prove challenging.
“We’ve had a pretty good preseason. Our district is always tough — Ooltewah is very strong and very tall with at least three girls over 6 feet tall. Bradley also has a couple tall girls, so our district is very competitive,” Pruett commented. “This is a hardworking team. I think they’ll be more of a competitive team than we had last year. Hopefully with no injuries, and (with) senior leadership, we’ll go far this season.”