Sacred Heart ended its season Saturday night in the 3A Marion substate championship game with a 46-36 loss to top-seeded and top-ranked Hesston.
The Sacred Heart volleyball team wants to find a way back to the state tournament for the first time since 2010. Coach Rose Wittman knows her team has some work to do to get there.
Wittman’s team is coming off a 23-14 season in 2012, and Wittman will likely eclipse a career milestone this year. She needs just six wins to pick up her 300th career win.
“We will be pretty good defensively and will only get better offensively,” Wittman said. “We have experienced hitters in Haley Rapp and will need to rely on the other hitters to keep improving.”
Rapp, a senior, is one of three returning starters, along with seniors Maddie Donatell and Megan Stein. Wittman cites Stein, junior Maggie Doll and sopohomores Cara Donley and Mackenzie Kack as hitters she’s looking for improvement in.
Wittman also looks for contributions from senior Sarah Dix and junior Zoe Woolsoncroft.
Wittman said the keys to achieving the team’s goals are “serving consistently, playing great defense and hitting.”
“I always expect to be in the state tournament, as do our girls,” Wittman said. “We will need to improve weekly to meet that goal.”