Warrior volleyball has new coach

These seniors and returning letter-winners will provide leadership for the Peabody-Burns volleyball team this season: (from left) Mallory Harris, Anna Lubbers, Katy Benson, Raegan Schreiber, Samantha Frye. Janae Rempel / Free Press

A new coach is at the helm for the Pea?body-Burns volleyball team this season. But Sheena Gann is no stranger to the team. She takes over the reins after serving as assistant for the Warriors last year.

Gann is a paraprofessional at Peabody-Burns Elementary. She is a 2000 graduate of PBHS, where she was a multi-sport athlete. Upon moving back home to Peabody while pursuing a nursing degree, she was approached with the opportunity to coach.

?My athletic director from when I was in school showed up on my door last summer and was like, ?Hey, want to coach?? so that?s how this all started,? she said. ?Ray (Savage) just kind of took me under his wing and said, ?I think you?d be great at this.? I grew up and graduated from Peabody, so it?s kind of cool coaching where I played.?

The Warriors graduated three seniors from last year?s 3-29 season: Rylie McDowell, Christa Elliott and Brianna Larsen.

Fourteen girls are on the roster this season, and Gann and the Warriors will seek to put last season behind them, while still drawing on the experience gained to make positive strides this year.

?I think we are going to be well-suited,? Gann said. ?I?m really excited.?

Four starters return to anchor the team: senior hitter Katy Benson and juniors Anna Lubbers (hitter), Mallory Harris (setter) and Raegan Schreiber (hitter).

Junior libero Samantha Frye is a returning letter-winner.

Four freshmen to watch include Tori Pickens, Bre?anna Lett, Sydney Hodges and Taylor Wallace.

?We have a lot of great returning players, as well as young talent coming up,? Gann said. ?I look forward to seeing this team come together and what they can do competitively.?

Peabody was scheduled to open its season by hosting a tournament Saturday. The Warriors will welcome Little River to town Sept. 8.

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