Experienced roster leads Eagles into new seasonAfter returning six players from last season’s team, the Mitchell Christian volleyball team is ready to improve in the season ahead. MCHS opens its season by hosting Sunshine Bible Academy at 6:30 p.m. today at Mitchell Christian School.
By: Brooke Cersosimo, The Daily Republic
After returning six players from last season’s team, the Mitchell Christian volleyball team is ready to improve in the season ahead.
MCHS opens its season by hosting Sunshine Bible Academy at 6:30 p.m. today at Mitchell Christian School.
“Last year was a rebuilding year for us because we lost nine players from the previous year’s team,” head coach Jodi Burbach said. “The experience we received last season will help us a lot and give us a lot of potential to do well.”
Returners for the Eagles are Brittany Zoss, the team’s lone senior, sophomores Emily Schrag, Ellie Bleeker, Kerissa Plooster and Kelsey Asmus and freshman Emily Reynen.
“Experience is everything,” Burbach said. “We know what to do in tough situations, and most of the girls have gained a lot of confidence as well.”
Burbach, who is in her second year as coach, said Zoss brings a quiet strength to the team.
“Brittany is very quiet but a strong leader,” Burbach said. “When younger players get anxious or worked up, she encourages them in a calm manner and can get them refocused.”
Newcomers for the Eagles include sophomore Lindsay Thompson and freshman Destiny Reimnitz.
Burbach said the team has learned to play together and has adapted to each other’s playing styles out on the court.
“Our goal this season is to play our best every night,” Burbach said. “We want to improve from last year and earn as many wins as we can.
“We’re not necessarily trying to focus on our opponents. We’re working on new things and preparing ourselves for the season.”
Not only has the team gained experience, but its serving has become a strength, Burbach added.
“Our serving has really improved, and I think that will be a strong point for us this season,” Burbach said.
After hosting SBA today, MCHS plays at Iroquois Tuesday. Sunshine Bible defeated the Eagles in last season’s season-opening matchup.
“Last year, we played a close game with them,” Burbach said. “I think we have a good chance at staying with them and beating them this time around.”