With six returning senior starters, the Canton-Galva volleyball team is optimistic about the upcoming season.
?We field a strong class of returning seniors as well as a solid mix of upcoming talent,? second-year coach Jenny Loyd said. ?We played some good off-season volleyball this summer, strengthening both our physical skills and our mental toughness.?
The Eagles will seek to improve from last season?s 5-26 record with the play of these returning starters: seniors Lauren Ballantyne (5-foot, 7-inch setter), Lindsey Unruh (5-8 setter), Erika Smith (5-6 outside hitter), Jennifer Likes (5-8 middle blocker), Betsy Shobe (5-2 defensive specialist) and Mikayla Baldwin (5-4 defensive specialist).
Additional players to watch are junior Caley Johnson (5-9 outside hitter and middle blocker) and sophomores Cassie Enns (5-11, middle blocker), Sierah Pennington (5-7, setter and hitter) and Zoe Unruh (5-8, setter and hitter).
Looking ahead to league play, the Eagles anticipate tough competition but are committed to hard work and improving their game, according to Loyd.
?Knowing that Canton-Galva is the smallest school in a very tough Heart of America League, our team is determined to work extremely hard and battle for every point,? she said. ?We are passionate about improving every area of our game, have a ?never die? attitude and are very excited about the upcoming season.?
Canton-Galva was scheduled to open play Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home against Inman and Centre. The Eagles will host Marion and Wichita Home School Sept. 10.