Big things could be on the horizon for the Southeast of Saline volleyball team.
The Trojans finished 31-11 last season, good for fourth in Class 3A. That could just be the start, as the Trojans return five starters and lost just one senior.
“Our strength is going to be experience,” said seventh-year head coach Kristy Rodriguez. “Most of these girls are four-year starters. These girls got a taste of the state tournament and are committed to making it back this year.”
Rodriguez returns seniors Calli Calahan, McKenna White and Lindsey Poague, along with junior Hannah Puetz and sophomore Erica Montgomery, all with starting experience. Rodriguez looks for seniors Erica Wells and Catherine Conley to increase their contribution this year.
“One area we have focused on in the off-season is serving accuracy,” Rodriguez said. “Our goal is not so much to serve aggressively instead of intelligently. We need to be able to exploit the other team’s weakest passer.”
Returning to state is the big goal for the Trojans, but Rodriguez says smaller steps will lead to the ultimate prize.
“Our goal is to get better every week,” Rodriguez said. “We feel if we do that, we will be in contention for a league title. We also want to be playing our best ball going into sub-state with the hopes of heading back to the state tournament.”
The Trojans open the season on Tuesday.