Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Wildcat veteran spikers eye net improvement

August 23, 2001

The De Soto volleyball team hopes to make a complete turnaround, following last seasons' dismal 0-28 record. With a flood of seniors exiting De Soto for Mill Valley's inaugural year last fall, coach Kelly Meyer didn't have to worry about making cuts last season. She was more concerned with teaching, teaching and more teaching. But with 10 freshmen joining a roster that includes eight players who started at least one game last season, Meyernow has plenty of athletes to choose from.

Only time will tell how complete the turnaround will be.

During the offseason Meyer and her coaching staff decided to change the team's offensive schemes and go to a one-setter offense. The talents of setter extraordinaire, Reality Stottlemire made the decision easy.

"We learned a lot throughout the year last season," Stottlemire said. "It wasn't necessarily a tough year for us, but it was actually fun."

The offense always begins with passing and setting, and that's where Stottlemire fits in perfectly. With last season under her belt, the 5-foot-6-inch junior is itching to get behind the wheel again.

According to Meyer, another strength for the Lady Cats is middle hitting. And with the talents of two 5-11 hitters, sophomore Allie Heinen and junior Emily Holton, De Soto fans have something to look forward to for the next few seasons.

Junior outside hitters Megan Atwell, Nicki Crowley and McKenzie King will try to keep opponents off balance with a combination of power and finesse.

Five-foot, two-inch Tia Bernard, the lone senior listed on the roster, and 5-1 junior Meghan Brown are the defensive specialists. Sophomore Lisa Lambert fills in nicely as an off hand.

Meyer said she doesn't see any newcomers making a run at increased playing time.

"We picked out five to 10 players to work with over the next couple of years," the coach said. "They're still with us, so I don't see any newcomers making a major impact."

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