It’s a huge target that’s placed firmly on the backs of the 2012 Morgan Lady Trojan Volleyball team. It comes with the territory of being the two-time defending state champs in 3A. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.
“It’s a big target for sure as the defending champs, but it’s a good feeling,” says senior outside hitter Cassidee Lish. “That’s where we want to be, we like the challenge. We have a lot to work for so it’s really motivating.”
Coach Liz Wiscombe, who is back and as excited as ever, agrees.
“You get every opponents’ best effort. There are a lot of good teams out there, but that’s what you want because it will bring your game up, too. We have a good team, and we are lead by a great group of five seniors who are really excited to be in the gym. They love to play volleyball.”
The team has been working together since August 6, and the coaching staff is pleased with what they’ve been seeing.
“I’m excited about this year. I think the chemistry is really good. I think the skill positions are gonna be O.K. The kids are supporting each other, and they are excited to get playing on Thursday, August 30, at Grantsville. The varsity is just chomping at the bit to get going.”
The season starts without one key cog, with returning setter Kristie Rhead out with an injury. Her ankle was broken in three places early in the year. But Wiscombe says the team unity is great and others now have the opportunity to step up and perform.
“Usually in volleyball, one person can’t dominate. You have to have a great pass, a set and then a kill. In most sports, if you make a mistake, you turn and run down the field or court and sometimes people don’t see it. In volleyball, you turn and make a mistake and everybody is right there, so you have to make sure your body language and your chemistry is good, or it’s lights out.”
Senior Aspen Thomson will play on the right side. She also likes what she sees in this year’s team, both in unity and in skill. “We lost some big hitters from last year, but we keep reloading. Unity is a big part of our team. That’s just how we are as a team. At first we struggled a little bit, but every practice we are getting better and better. We work hard and have fun together, coming closer as friends. We are always there for each other.”
Along with Lish and Thomson, the Trojans will be lead by three other seniors. Katie Peterson is an outside hitter who has been pounding the ball so far this year. Rachel Kuns, who is a lefty that will play on the right side, has also been hitting well. Amanda Porter is setting very well in practice. Add in junior middle hitter McKenzie Schenk, and it’s a formidable and imposing lineup that will continue to get better and better as the season progresses.
The sophomores and JV team played recently in an early season tournament at Davis High, but Coach Wiscombe likes her varsity to build and progress toward state. They will play in a tournament in California in September, and one in Salt Lake in October. They will then take on 4A power Skyline, and 5A power Lone Peak in late October following Region 11 play, just before the state tournament begins.
Come out and support the Lady Trojan volleyball team all season long, as they fight for another state 3A title. Their first home match will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, against Ben Lomond.