The Bunceton Lady Dragons volleyball team will finally have something to look forward to if everything goes as planned according to head coach Cassandra Goyer.
Although the Lady Dragons struggled last year while finishing 7-10 overall, Goyer said this fall could be the year that her team finally puts it all together.
“I think the outlook this season is actually really good,” Goyer said. “We are very cohesive and playing well as a team so far. The girls are also working together so we’ll see how it goes. But right now this team has a lot of interchangeable parts and we also have decent height this year.”
The future also looks bright for the Lady Dragons, who have only one senior on the team this season.
With 12 girls suited out for the 2018 season, three of which are returning starters, Goyer said the strengths of the team may very well lie in how well the girls communicate on the floor.
“They talk really well on the floor and they take constructive criticism and go with it,” Goyer said. “These girls are also very coachable. I think our biggest weakness this season will be our serving. We are inconsistent. Sometimes our momentum on the floor is a little lacking as well.”
If the Lady Dragons are going to surpass the .500 mark for the first time in team history this season, Goyer said the key will depend on if the girls stay positive and community well.
“If we do that, we will be a force to reckon with,” Goyer said. “I think another thing that will help us is the positive interaction with the girls.”
Of course it’s no secret who the go-to player will be this season for the Lady Dragons. As the only senior on the team, Autumn Bishop will also have to be the team leader.
“Autumn is really strong,” Goyer said. “She will play outside hitter. The thing I like about Autumn is that she can hit the ball with both hands.”
Goyer will also look to juniors Cara Bishop and Reigan Triebsch and sophomores Taylynn Heilman and Maddalyn Meyers to step in this season.
Goyer said Triebsch and Heilman will both play the setter position while Bishop and Meyers could see time as an outside or middle hitter.
“Reigan is a strong communicator,” Goyer said. “She is also quick around the court. As for Taylynn, she will probably start on the back row as a defender. She is getting to the point where she is laying out for the ball. She is stepping up in her second season and that’s really what I expect for a returner. As for Bishop, she could also see some playing time as a back row defender. She is another player that is not afraid to lay out for the ball. She is also very coachable and level-headed and is good at explaining to other players. Maddalyn, meanwhile, is getting stronger with her hits and gaining more confidence. Her accuracy hitting the ball is also improving.”
Other promising newcomers for the Lady Dragons are juniors Bella Vaca and Amaris Vaca and freshman Emily Breece.
Goyer said Bella Vaca is a potential setter while Amaris Vaca will be a back row defender. As for Breece, Goyer said she could be a potential setter or back row defender.
“All three girls are picking up the game,” Goyer said.
Players that will come off the bench or see playing time on the JV team this season are sophomores Alyssa Welch and Haylee Rose and freshmen Lexie Hein and Maylyn Sykes.
Courtney Seeley is also assisting Goyer this season for the Bunceton Lady Dragons volleyball team.
Note: Bunceton Athletic Director Brian Emde said Chamois has cancelled both their tournament and regular season game with the Lady Dragons this fall.