(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- It's hard to top a Class 2 state championship.
But that doesn't mean the Scott City Lady Rams volleyball team isn't going to try.
Returning three starters from last year's magical season, the Lady Rams have high hopes of making another state championship run.
"We are coming off of a Class 2 state championship and look forward to heading back up to Kansas City in November," Scott City head coach Haley Jennings said.
The Lady Rams finished last year with a 35-3-3 record which was anchored by a senior heavy lineup featuring Brooke Simpson, Stephanie Essner, Jordan McFall and Katie Diebold.
Replacing those four won't be easy, but with middle and outside hitter Mikah Simpson, 6-foot, 2-inch middle hitter Katie Hogan and 5-10 right side hitter Danielle Gibbons all returning with tons of experience behind them, Scott City will be easing into a virtually new-look lineup.
"We have 11 varsity players this year, with three of them returning starters," Jennings said. "All three of those girls (Simpson, Hogan and Gibbons) will be very crucial to our offense."
Middle and outside hitter Whitney Froman, setter and right side hitter Sydney Short and setter Andy Gray, all juniors, will try their best to fill the voided roster spots.
"I have three up and coming juniors who are going to play a big role in our offense and defense," Jennings said about Froman, Short and Gray.
Jennings also will be relying on senior Mallory Reddick, who she considers a defensive specialist.
"I have senior Mallory Reddick, who reads the court extremely well and is great on left side defense," she said.
Senior Katessa Simmons, junior Katie Rhymer, junior Taylor Glueck and junior Candice Morgan all will be counted on as subs throughout the season as well.
"I have quite a few subs who are willing and able to go in and step up for me if need be," said Jennings. "Some are very consistent hitters, can read the court well and are vocal on the court."
Scott City's first regular season match will be Sept. 7 at home against Advance.