CHS volleyball looks to build on foundation
A 5-19-6 record last year was not what head coach Jennifer Nichols envisioned when she took over the Cassville Lady Wildcats volleyball team.
As with any program, it takes time for the player to learn what a new coach expects and it takes a firm belief that you are going to succeed.
The Lady Wildcats began to pick up steam toward the end of the 2012 going 3-4-1 in the last two weeks of the season before falling to Hollister in the first round of district play.
The Lady Wildcats used that momentum to help them prepare in the summer.
"All of our returning letterman have improved from last year and worked hard over the summer," said Nichols. "Our biggest strength is our desire to work hard and get better."
Cassville returns a solid mix of letterman in Lindsay Nolan, Jade Null, Ashley Krallman, Sydney Curnes and Brittani Long.
Nichols also adds top prospects Kelsey Roney, Mikala Deffenbaugh an Paige Stockton.
"This season we hope to be competitive in the big 8 conference," said Nichols. "We still need to be more consistent in our play and communication on the floor."
Cassville opens the season on Sept. 3 at Blue Eye. Matches begin at 6 p.m.