After losing their first volleyball match of last season, the Verona Lady Wildcats went on a winning streak.
"We won 20 of our next 25 games," 12 year Head Coach Brad Stewart said. "Over the last three season the girls have won 69 games."
The Lady Wildcats finished the season 24-7-2 and were the Ozarks 7 Conference champions.
"We lost two starters to graduation, All State setter Beth Bigham and first team All State middle hitter Jori Dodson," said Stewart.
Returning for Verona are seniors Lynnsey Youngberg and Kelsei Krueger.
"Youngberg is one of our most versatile players and our vocal leader on the court," said Stewart. "Krueger is our leading server," Stewart said. "She is a hard worker and leads by example."
The Lady Wildcats also return first team All-Conference setter Jenna Chadd, second team All-Conference Tristan Carrasquillo, All-Conference Honorable Mention Jessica Smith.
Coach Stewart is very optimistic about his team.
"Verona's volleyball success has been built on hard work, teamwork and having fun," Stewart said. "My goal for the team to carry on that great tradition."
Stewart has set other aggressive goals for his team.
"We want to win 20-plus games, win the Verona volleyball tournament for the fourth consecutive year, defend our conference title, and secure a district title and state playoff run, " Stewart said.
"Our biggest strengths are the leadership of our returning players." Stewart said. "We feel that our team quickness and experience will make us very strong defensively.
|"We do have some challenges and opportunities to that need some attention," Stewart added.|
"Our overall lack of size will be a challenge. We will expect our returning player to step up and we'll need the younger player to develop and contribute," said Stewart.