Purdy volleyball counting on experience
Lady Eagles seeking conference title and more this season
In her first season at the helm of the Purdy volleyball team, Ashley Brown guided the Lady Eagles to a 16-15-4 mark, and with the bulk of the roster returning, Purdy has set its goals much higher this year.
Even the other Ozark 7 Conference coaches have taken note. Southwest's Steve Voyak heaped high praise upon the Black and Gold, naming them as the team to beat in conference play.
"While we have a lot of familiar faces in the gym, this is still a new team," Brown said. "That is something I have to constantly remind myself of. This is definitely a group of girls who want to work hard to compete for those conference and district titles that eluded us last year. Our goal this season is simply to work hard, keep improving and let the cards fall where they may."
Purdy lost a trio of talented seniors to graduation in Jayse Henderson, Skylar Lakey and Katie Moller, but believes it has replacements ready to step in and take over.
Returning for Purdy are seniors Courtney White and Desi Ennes, who both earned First-Team All-Conference selections as juniors.
"We will definitely lean on our senior class for leadership this year," Brown said. "I will also return Second-Team All-Conference sophomore middle blocker Layne Skiles and All-Conference honorable mention junior setter Morgan Schilly. These kids will also play an important role for us this season as they bring their leadership and experience back to the court."
The Lady Eagles will also look for newcomers Hallie Henderson and Carly England to contribute as part of the supporting cast this year. Henderson and England have impressed Brown this summer and will move up from the junior varsity squad.
Purdy opened the season with a 25-18, 25-10 loss to East Newton, but rebounded to defeat Blue Eye.
Purdy travels to Verona on Thursday.