Hayden High School junior Brette Frentress goes up for a spike during practice Tuesday. Hayden opens its season Saturday in Idaho Springs.

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Hayden High School junior Brette Frentress goes up for a spike during practice Tuesday. Hayden opens its season Saturday in Idaho Springs.

Hayden Tigers volleyball looks to rebound

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Hayden High School junior Erin Koehler practices her serve during practice Tuesday.

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— Hayden High School volleyball coach Greg Johnson has been on both ends of the spectrum in his two years at the helm.

The Tigers stormed out to a 16-6 record in his first year. But a talented roster failed to meet expectations last year, finishing 6-16 overall.

Now in his third year, expectations are tempered with only two starters returning for the Tigers. But that doesn’t mean Johnson doesn’t expect to win.

“We can be competitive in every game we’re in this year,” Johnson said. “We’re starting a new page from last year. We’ve got a lot of new girls in starting roles. I feel we have a lot of talented girls who have been waiting their turn. I think they’re ready to step up.”

Senior Delanie VeDepo and junior Erin Koehler return as starters from last year’s team. VeDepo set most of the year, with Koehler hitting in the middle and on the outside.

Koehler, who might be the best female athlete at the school, will return to her role as one of the prime hitters. VeDepo will split time between hitting and setting in a 6-2 formation.

“I’m excited to hit. I missed it,” VeDepo said. “I did it when I was a sophomore, and it’s a lot of fun.”

The success of the Tigers might be determined by how a group of talented but inexperienced players transition into the lineup.

Seniors Lindsay Parrott and Morgan Bell are expected to help the team’s depth. Aubree Haskins should provide some punch in the middle.

“Definitely, we’re going to be better than last year,” said Koehler, who has played varsity all three of her high school years. “That’s No. 1. We’re a young team, but we’re hard-working.”

Most teams in the district return more starters than Hay­den does. The season-ending district tournament also has changed.

This year, only four teams will advance to the tournament, meaning the regular season and how the Tigers finish becomes even more important.

The biggest key for the Tigers will be cutting down on their errors. If Hayden can get the ball to its setters with a limited amount of errors, Johnson said the Tigers have girls with enough athletic ability around the net to be successful. “Plus, these are the hardest-working girls I’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said. “And after a down year last year, they’re hungry, too.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Richard Hagins 4 years ago

How come it didn't surprise me that the coach only named 3 of the 4 seniors that play for him this year! How disrespectful, such a good morale builder!

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jk 4 years ago

Festus, you are part of the problem in this day and age, athletes at this level are not entitled to a spot on the roster. Maybe your daughter didn't get her name in the paper cause she takes up some good space on the bench! Sorry but this isn't peewee sports, you have to earn a spot here and be competetive!! If you are teaching her otherwise, then you are doing her a grave disservice to her in her future endeavors.

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Richard Hagins 4 years ago

jk, I do not have a daughter. Only a son who is a stellar athlete.

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jk 4 years ago

I apologize for my comments then festus, however you seem to be leaning towards the wrong mantra that sports should instill! I wish the best for your son in his future!

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