The El Dorado Lady Wildcats volleyball team open up their season this Saturday when they travel to Winfield.
The Wildcats come into 2013 full of hope and confidence to make some waves this season in the AVCTL Div. III.
“This year brings us experience and many newbies,” said EHS head coach Jane Squires.
The Wildcats are loaded with six seniors this season. Four of the seniors return with varsity experience.
El Dorado will be led by two-time AVCTL Div. III second team member senior Logan Morrow who is positioned at middle blocker and will play back row this year.
2012 AVCTL Div. III Honorable Mentions seniors Bailey Harsh will be at setter and RS and Emily Harper at setter and LS.
Megan Riffel will fill the defensive specialist role for the Wildcats this season.
“All of our seniors offer some great volleyball knowledge and skill level,” said Squires.
The senior squad will be joined by four sophomores and one freshman this year.
“These players offer us a great opportunity, however our success will depend on their quick maturity to the varsity level. Confidence will be a big key,” said Squires.
The Wildcats have several sophomores who will be called upon to make big strides this season.
Sophomore Destiny Bowlin is a hitter and has shown great defense and Destiny Smith will be looked to as a hitter.
Kalyn Beel, sophomore, played the last half of the 2012 season with EHS varsity as a right side hitter.
“She quickly adapted and became a key player for us down the stretch. This year she takes on the task of middle hitter/ blocker,” said Squires.
A newcomer looking to make an instant impact this season is freshman Caedyn Reinhardt.
“Reinhardt gives us some height on the right side at 6'1",” said Squires.
With the season around the corner, the concerns for this year’s Wildcats mirror those of any volleyball squad.
“Serve receive is a big concern for any team, along with our defense, it has been a source of extra work. Our other main concern is moving the younger ones along to understand our system,” said Squires.
For the Wildcats to move forward in the playoffs this season one word can be ascribed to attaining that goal – consistency.