Volleyball coaches Dan Langhi and Suzie Burnett are looking at similar situations as they face the coming season.
Both will have a mix of experience and youth in their Lady Marshal and Lady Eagle lineups.
Langhi, in his third season at the helm of the Marshall County program, will have multi-year starters in seniors Maryanna Frazier, Cassie Alberico and Emma Willoughby.
But he will be starting two freshmen, as well.
Burnett’s fifth Christian Fellowship team will continue a rebuilding process she launched last year after a two-year run in which CFS won 47 matches and claimed the 2011 District 4 championship.
Juniors Kailey Hicks, Emily Nelson and Rebekah Muller are the closest thing Burnett will have to senior leadership on a team that includes two sophomores, a freshman and four middle-school players.
The Lady Marshals were 15-17 last year, advancing to the Region 1 tourney but falling to Ballard Memorial in the first round.
“Are we still young? Yes,” Langhi said. “But at least we have some seniors that can provide some stability.”
This Lady Marshals squad, Langhi said, is growing into a close-knit bunch.
“They’ve had a couple of get-togethers,” he said. “That’s good.”
The former MCHS basketball standout, who went on to star at Vanderbilt and played six seasons in the NBA, is emphasizing strength and agility this year and is counting on conditioning and hustle to carry this team.
“Every year, we’ve worked harder and harder,” he said.
The season opens next week with a home match against Ballard on Monday at the MCHS auxiliary gym.
The schedule includes three tournaments – the Apollo Summer Slam in Owensboro, Coyote Clash in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Quad State Tournament in Paducah.
The Lady Eagles are coming off a 5-18 season that ended with a loss to Murray in the District 4 tournament.
The new season gets under way Aug. 21 with a visit to Paducah Tilghman.
CFS will also participate in the Quad State tourney at McCracken County High School.