Burnett takes PBHS volleyball reins

These seniors will provide leadership for the Peabody-Burns volleyball team this season: (from left) Rylie McDowell, Brianna Larsen, Christa Elliott.Despite a small roster, the Peabody-Burns volleyball team is poised for success this season under the leadership of first-year coach Isaac Burnett.

The Warriors return three starters: seniors Brianna Larsen and Christa Elliott and junior Katy Benson. Along with returning senior Rylie McDowell, they will provide leadership as the team seeks to improve upon last season?s 12-19 record.

?We have a well-balanced group of leaders,? Burnett said. ?Some are vocal and lead by example and others are happy to just lead by example, which is a huge strength because there doesn?t seem to be a power struggle from the girls as to who is in charge on the court. They have really worked well together and are setting a great example for the younger athletes on how to work together.?

Newcomers include sophomores Mallory Harris, Anna Lubbers and Raegan Schreiber.

?We will be looking for Harris to be one of our best passers and for Schreiber and Lubbers to contribute blocks and kills for the team throughout the season,? Burnett said.

It is a small squad this season, and the Warriors are filling roles as needed, Burnett said.

?The girls are all working hard and as a unit, so the small squad will likely prove to actually be a strength as they continue to work as a team throughout the season,? he said.

?Due to limited varsity experience, we are also manipulating roles with players slightly to cover all of our spots, but again, I believe this is going to prove to be a strength by making each individual better overall and creating a well-balanced team.?

Burnett said he does not believe in ?rebuilding seasons;? rather, each year will involve some aspect of rebuilding.

?From year to year something will be different within our team, and we will have to rebuild the team to a certain extent,? he said.

?That being said, I absolutely believe in each of the girls we have on our team, and I do not see any reason why we shouldn?t be at the top of our league.?

The Warriors are members of the Wheat State League. They hosted a tournament Saturday and will travel to Little River Tues?day at 4 p.m.

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