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Spencer County Volleyball Coach Tim Elder hopes improved athleticism will net good results for his Lady Bears in 2014. The team split its first two matches of the season last week.
“We have a lot of experience this year just like last year, but this year’s team is more athletic and they have conditioned very well in the off season,” said Elder, in his fifth season on the sidelines.
“We have worked on developing a faster offense to make it harder to defend against,” he said. Experienced outside hitters, seniors Amber Bow and Demi Brooks return experience, along with seniors Lauren Stevens and Briana Spears who Elder said will ‘lock down the back row defense.”
Senior Sierra Andrade and junior Melanie Riggs will see action as setters, along with newcomer Madison Ohlman. Other new faces to the varsity include Maddie Keown and Jessica Legg while Hanna Legg moves to the middle this season. Rounding out the varsity will be middle hitter Summer Drury and freshman Kamryn Pryor, whom Elder said can play several positions.
The girls opened their season on the road at Henry County and they posted the victory winning the match two sets to one by scores of 25-15, 22-25 and 25-20. In their home opener last Thursday, they fell in three games to Shelby County by scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-17.
“This year we are going into season with the expectation of getting better every game. If we can do this, I feel we can make a run in the postseason,” said Elder.
The girls were to host Anderson County Tuesday night and will travel to North Bullitt on Wednesday and Collins on Thursday.