Caldwell volleyball team looking to rebound from last season

CALDWELL – The Caldwell Lady Redskins will look to rebound from a disappointing 2012 volleyball season that saw the team win just five times.

Fourth-year head coach Jodi Clark sees no reason why this year’s version of the Lady ‘Skins can’t turn things around and have a successful campaign.

“I really think we are solid all the way around this year with our varsity squad so we will see how it goes,” said Clark. “We had a very good camp and they have played a lot of summer ball so that should really help.”

Numbers are strong for Caldwell as some 18 girls make up the Lady Redskin roster.

A trio of seniors will lead the way in Hanna Depuy, Lexy Schell, and Mayhallie Cline.

Depuy and Schell figure to see quite a bit of time in the middle for the Lady Redskins along with junior Madison Burris.

Burris as well as freshman Alyssa Leasure played club ball this spring, and Clark hopes that will translate into success on the court this fall.

“It really helps to have girls playing outside of the season,” said Clark, who will be assisted by Jena Miley this season. “It helps the team when they put that much extra into it.”

Burris will lead what figures to be a strong junior class that includes Hannah Cooper, Jada Croucher, Taylor Crawford, and Tess Becker.

The Lady Redskin roster will also feature five sophomores in Anna Weisend, Erica Harper, Laken Figal, Mattea Schockling, and Nataleigh Janusik.

Leasure leads a list of five freshmen and she will likely be thrown into a key role right off the bat this season.

“Alyssa will probably be the starting setter,” said Clark of Leasure. “That’s a lot of pressure on a freshman but we feel she will be up to the challenge.”

Other freshman on the Caldwell roster will be Alexis Morgenstern, Shannon Hoyt, Sydney Jennings and Audrey Cain.

Clark feels that hitting will be a strong point for her 2013 squad and points to passing as an area that her team will need to improve upon to have a successful season.

“Passing has always seemed to be our weak point,” said Clark.

“They have been really working hard though and we’ve got several that are really good passers that are going to be on the back row.”

Clark looks for a very competitive Pioneer Valley Conference in 2013 and feels that Shenandoah could very well be the team to beat, but hopes to find her Lady ‘Skins in the mix as well.

“Our serving should be better this year than last and I think our seniors and juniors are going to be better leaders,” said Clark.

The Lady Redskins are scheduled to get the season underway August 20 when they host Zanesville Rosecrans.