Trojans set their sights on State

Perhaps what sets Andover’s volleyball team apart from most other programs is the unsatisfaction it had with a fourth-place finish at State after a 37-7 2013 campaign.

The Trojans, who will be led by their seven seniors this year, have remained highly motivated.

"Come in still hungry, ready to compete," senior Jaylyn Agnew said. "It's our last year, so we definitely want to go out with bang and do our best."

Agnew is all-everything for Andover and should be one of elite players in all the state of any class this season. She will be tough for defenses to stop, and her track-championship-caliber jumping ability makes her a good blocker at the net.

"Our defense is probably going to be our main [focus] point," Agnew said. "We have a lot of good back-row players. We're going to work on different types of hits, like quicks, and also work on our blocking a little bit more to help our defense.”

Senior Edie Harden will make the offense go with her setting skills. She feels the offense’s team chemistry will make life easier.

"We work together really well, we communicate well with each other. It helps us pull together in the tough games, working together to beat the teams that we can," Harden said.

Newcomer Kristin McPherson also will help with setting duties in the Trojans’ 6-2 offense.

While the Trojans lost Reagan Peare, who now plays for Wichita State, defensive specialist Riley Flake and libero Riley Messina both will solidify a strong back row.

Senior Lindy LeMaster will play right side while junior Nicole Klusener will be an outside hitter.