With five senior returnees and other veteran players the Logan High School girls’ volleyball team hopes to have continued improvement this season.
The 2014 volleyball season is scheduled to begin on Wednesday at Man with the Logan County Open as Logan is set to battle with the Chapmanville Regional Lady Tigers and also the Man Lady Billies.
“I am expecting good things from my team this year,” Logan coach Chelsey Stowers said. “As a coach you hope to improve each season and with this being my third season coaching, I would definitely have to say that our team has come a long way. I always expect good things to come out of my girls and I hold them to high standards. I always expect them to give me all they have every game and practice and to leave everything on the court. I never compare a new season to the season before because you always get new girls and you have to get that group of girls to mesh and play together. They have to learn how to communicate and learn each other. This season I have some returning players that I am expecting big things out of and I have some girls on the team this year that I am hoping will step up and be leaders.”
Stowers said her team is looking good so far at practice.
“As for my varsity, I have five seniors, and I expect a lot from them, such as leadership, being a role model, and stepping it up out on the court,” she said. “We have a few new girls to the varsity squad as well, but they are players who have returned from last year and some from two years ago. I expect them to step up as well and give it all they got out there on the floor.”
The Lady Cats are led by their veteran players, including senior setter Aarron Ward as well as Adriana Herrera and Katilyn Williamson.
“Returning to varsity this year is Aarron Ward who is our setter and she is one you can always count on to give it all she has on the court every time,” Coach Stowers said. “I also have Adriana Herrera who has came a long way from last year. I expect her to be one of our strongest hitters. Katilyn Williamson has come a long way from last year too. She is hitting well and her passes are on spot, so I expect great things from her.”
Logan also looks for contributions from Hannah Hunter, Kealeigh Morgan and Hannah Workman.
“Hannah Hunter and Kealeigh Morgan are both great girls,” Coach Stowers said. “They always give me everything they have on the floor and both of them have improved on hitting and when they are on, I think they can really do big things. Hannah Workman is my only other returning player from varsity last year and she is a junior. She is a great kid and listens and wants to keep learning and improving and she is definitely an all around player that you can count on.”
Stowers said she hopes her team can get the season started off with some wins and have fun throughout the fall.
“I am excited for this year’s season to start and hoping for some big wins,” she said. “As a coach you always want to win every game and be unstoppable, but I have told my girls before that winning isn’t everything. I want them to go out on the court, have fun, be competitive, and play their hearts out. I expect every single player to leave everything on the court, win or lose. This is a great bunch of girls this year and I know they are all eager and determined to have a winning season.”
The Logan JV team has several returning players and newcomers.
“On JV we have returning players who are really going to help lead the team, but we also have a good amount of new players this year as well,” Coach Stowers said. “Haley Weaver and Sam Collins are both returning players for JV and are my two seniors on this squad that I expect to step up and be leaders and be role models to the younger girls. Both have come a long way since last year and continue to work hard at practices and in games. This JV team has worked well so far with coming together and learning how to play with each other, but there are still a few things we need to work on such as communication. That has always been a big issue for both JV and varsity, but I really believe that if they communicate and work together, they can do great things.”
Class AAA Logan has eased up its schedule and will face mostly Class AA and Class A teams this season.
The only Class AAA team on the schedule is against neighboring Lincoln County.
2014 Logan High School
Sept. 3: Logan County Open vs. Chapmanville, Man at Man, 6 p.m.
Sept. 9: at Scott, 6 p.m.
Sept. 11: Sherman, 6 p.m.
Sept. 15: Wyoming East, 6 p.m.
Sept. 16: at Chapmanville, 6 p.m.
Sept. 18: Logan, Huntington St. Joe, 6 p.m.
Sept. 23: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 25: Man, 6 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Mingo Central Quad Match, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29: at Westside, 6 p.m.
Sept. 30: Lincoln County, 6 p.m.
Oct. 6: Westside, 6 p.m.
Oct. 7: Mingo Central, 6 p.m.
Oct. 9: Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Oct. 13: at Huntington St. Joe, 6 p.m.
Oct. 14: at Wyoming East, 6 p.m.
Oct. 20: at Lincoln County, 6 p.m.
Oct. 23: at Sherman, 6 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Wyoming East Tournament, 1 p.m.
Oct. 30: Chapmanville, 6 p.m.