Lady Trojans ready to volley
Team loaded with experience, still has room to grow
A 22-9-3 volleyball season is alright for some teams, but the Southwest squad is used to reaching lofty heights.
The Lady Trojans finished 4-2 in the Ozark 7 Conference a season ago, and with five returning letter winners, look to retake the conference top spot.
Returning to the floor for Southwest are: Rebekah McKeever, Sydney Delossantos, Brianna Learned and Sydney Leroy, seniors; and junior Myka Cook.
Learned was an all-conference member last year and was second on the team in assists and serve-receive percentage.
"Bri is our captain and we ask her to do everything," said Steve Voyak, Southwest coach. "Statistically, she was solid as a junior, but her stats need to improve significantly for us to be successful as a team."
Cook, a middle-hitter, collected 100 kills and 15 blocks. The Lady Trojans need her 5-10 frame to keep up with the high production this season.
"Myka has a chance to be a dominant player," Voyak said. "She has worked hard on consistency hitting, blocking and serving and is ready to take her game to the next level."
New to the varsity squad this season are: Allison Serrano, Hailey Benninger and Ceara Anthony, juniors; Mariah Munday, Heather Windes and Maggie Robbins, sophomores; and Karissa Martinez, freshman.
"The five returning lettermen should be consistent," Voyak said. "But, how quickly they mesh with the six new varsity players will decide just how successful we are. I think we'll serve it fine, but serve-receive is another matter. We must get tougher mentally and receive the ball consistently. We also need to kill the ball when we get a chance."
Southwest opens the season on Thursday at Marionville. Voyak in his 14th season as head coach is assisted by Tabitha Tufares.