Losing four starting seniors from the 2017 squad, several girls will be competing for spots on the varsity court this year for Hillsboro.
Going into her 15th season at the helm, head coach Sandy Arnold will rely on returning letter winners, senior Trinity Malm and sophomores Jessica Saunders and Dani Klein, early this year.
Both junior middle hitter Addie Berens and sophomore outside hitter Teegan Werth saw action last year with the varsity team, which should help the team gel.
“We will be a very young, as well as,inexperienced team,” Arnold said. “With only three returning varsity players, it will take us some time to fill new positions and get comfortable on the floor.”
Arnold said her team is athletic and competitive and love the game but also said time and experience will be needed for them to become cohesive.
Her team will stress passing and serving as their hallmarks.
“These two things have to be strong and at a higher level in order for the rest of the game to fall into place,” she said. “The start may be a little rocky, but the goal will be to finish strong.”
Hillsboro plays stiff competition this year, going to several tough tournaments, such as the pre-season Central Kansas League tournament in Halstead, the McPherson Tournament, the Southeast of Saline Tournament, and hosting their own tournament, where they could see the likes of Andale, Rock Creek, Circle and Augusta.
Hesston and Nickerson will be tough league opponents, but Hillsboro branches out and will be playing larger schools this year, such as Great Bend and Emporia, outside of their tournament schedule.