The 2010 Monett Lady Cubs volleyball team has high hopes for this season.
"This is a very special group of girls," Head Coach Shyrah Perry said. "They're motivated and hungry for victory."
The Lady Cubs have built their hopes upon a solid core of returning starters and lettermen.
Senior setter Madison Carlin was the 2009 assists leader with 166. Junior middle blocker Hunter Glouse lead the team with 100 kills and 51 blocks and senior outside setter Amanda McKinney added 176 digs and 27 serving aces.
The squad also return senior Jenny Frazier, juniors Maddie Schmidt, Elise Meyer and Mackenzie Lay.
"Glouse and Frazier are very strong defensively," Perry said. "On the offensive side of the net they bring much needed intensity and will be a formidable force."
"Carlin and Schmidt bring control and structure to the setter position," Perry added. "They bring the unit together and push everyone to become better.
"Meyer, McKinney and Lay are a great addition to our team," Perry said. "They bring personality and winning attitudes."
After finishing 2009 12-21-1, the Lady Cubs are looking for a breakout season in the Big 8 Conference.
"The Big 8 is very strong and competitive," Perry said. "In order to be effective, communication and finishing games will be key.
"Our scrappy defense and over all team speed should be a big strength," perry said.
The schedule this year for the Lady Cubs is extremely challenging.
"We don't have any easy games this year," Perry said. "We have to bring our best effort.
"Our practices have been intense," Perry added. "We've pushed ourselves and set goals of a conference and district title, which will only be achieved hrough hard work. We will have to play our best and we will need to beat the best."
"These girls deserve to be successful," Perry said. "They have worked hard and pushed themselves to become better during the summer. I am proud and excited for them. They truly are a team, and we are ready to be successful."
The Lady Cubs open the season at home Aug. 31 against Carthage.
The team will also be hosting an open scrimmage on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. at the MHS gynasium Admission is free although donations of Gatorade for the girls will be accepted at the door.