The Eagles volleyball team will have only two seniors who saw a lot of playing time last year on their very young squad this season, but both of them think that means other teams might overlook SoBoCo.

Eagles Senior Emma Straub

Both Carsyn Morris and Emma Straub are not worried that their team isn’t a favorite to challenge in the Tri-County Conference – they just want to show what they can do.

It’s an attitude coach Jamie Nelson appreciates.

“I love that!” Nelson said with enthusiasm. The Eagles will rely on some young players, but Nelson is looking forward to next week’s scrimmage at Eldon – with Stover and Eldon – to find out where the Eagles need work.

“I have been pleased with practice,” Nelson said. “We had a good practice on Friday and that continued on Monday. Everyone knew they had made the team and they could just go out and play. We had more drills and competition.”

For the first time in years, the volleyball team did not cut any players – in part because the 28 players will have three teams, freshman, junior varsity and varsity.

Nelson said that a number of players stepped up in the first week of practice, starting with outside hitter Hailey Hanna.

“Hailey listens, does it right every single time and her and Sade Taggart are working hard – they know they have big holes to fill,” Nelson said.

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By Bruce Wallace