Steamboat Springs volleyball team looks to new season

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2012 Sailors volleyball schedule

— Things have drastically changed for Alex Feeley.

A year ago, she was expected to follow, the lone junior on a nine-senior Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team. Now in her senior year, Feeley looks around and sees fresh faces.

Gone are the nine seniors. Gone is most of the experience. And gone is the idea of Feeley following.

“Really, she is the experience on the team, and that is it,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Despite the depth of seniors last season, Feeley’s skill level left her entrenched as an outside hitter. Coming into the 2012 season, Feeley will be one of the top players in the Western Slope League.

“I feel the grade above me, I learned from them,” she said. “I learned how to lead. With this group, I’m comfortable with these girls.”

Mikaila Jegtvig and Maggie Crouch in the middle and Gabby Heron on the outside are expected to fight for time. Ellie Becker and Kira Lorenzen are battling for setting duties, and Alexis Len is expected to be the defensive specialist.

The team was dealt a major blow before the season. Senior Nikki Fry, who played last year, tore her ACL in May and will be out for the season.

With many positions still to be decided, this weekend's two-day tournament in Glenwood Springs is all the more important. The team plays two games Friday and two Saturday.

“There are lots of questions to still be answered,” Hall said. “I’ve been keeping my eye on the young kids because they need experience, but they’re incredibly skilled.”

The good news, at least in the league, is that this was a big turnover year for nearly every team. The all-league team last year was predominately seniors, leaving the league race wide open. So while Steamboat has a lot of questions, so does the rest of the league.

“It’s a little bit of an unknown,” Hall said. “We’re at the point where we have control of ourselves, so I haven’t paid too much attention to it.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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