Tribune-Courier News Reporter
The Marshall County Lady Marshals volleyball team starts its season tonight with an away game against the Lady Falcons of Hickman County, and the coach is hoping his young team will be able to hold up against the pressures of a varsity game.
Head Coach Dan Langhi said the team this season is relatively young but has great potential.
“We might not have a great beginning, but by the end of the season we could be doing really good,” he said.
Langhi said the team has had more time to prepare for its first match this year than it has in the past and attributes their preparation to open-gym sessions and more stringent conditioning the teams have been working through.
The team usually has only three weeks to prepare before its first match, but he said this year the team has had more time to develop.
While Langhi could not point out which players might be the rising stars this season, he did say there was a lot of potential.
The team lost four seniors because of graduation in the spring and the only senior on the 2013 squad is Savannah Thornton, who missed last season because of an injury.
Regardless of being a young team, Langhi said the Lady Marshals had an opportunity to prove themselves as scrappy players able to pull out wins.
“For us to be successful while the team is so young, it’ll have to be a team effort,” he said. “It also depends on their response to the pressure of being on the varsity team – they’ll have to go hard.”
The 2013 varsity roster includes Thornton, the only senior, juniors Cassie Alberico, Maryanna Frazier and Emma Willoughby, sophomores Lanna Bibb and Sydney Nelson, and frshmen Paige Henson and Hannah Langhi.
The Lady Marshals have 15 away games this season and have seven scheduled at Marshall County High School.
Langhi said the biggest rivals the team will likely face this season are the Lady Eagles of Christian Fellowship and Murray High School’s Lady Tigers. Those teams are 4th District rivals from the 1st Region.
“CFS is a big rival,” he said. “They’re one of the better teams in the region, and Murray is a big rival too, because of the proximity.”
He said last season the Lady Marshals ended up with four more wins than it had in 2011, and he has hopes that this season will be even better.