After a disappointing season in district and an early exit in the state tournament, the Weatherford Christian School volleyball team is gearing up for a “strong” year.Fortunately for WCS, the team lost only two starters from last year, Chelsea Cook and Lauren Aaron. Cook will be a freshman at Tarleton State University and Aaron is devoting her senior year at Weatherford Christian School to just basketball. Before the start of the season, from Aug. 5-8, WCS went through two-a-days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The team caught a little break on Aug. 6 with only one practice at 4 p.m. The 2013 WCS Lady Lions consist of 11 players, seven returning from last year’s squad. The roster includes: Ashleigh Garvin (Sr.) Kennedy Combs (Sr.) Paige Hunn (Jr.) Savanna Thomas (Jr.) Hannah Burks (So.) Hannah Floyd (So.) Kaitlyn Fell (So.) Judy Pope (So.) Keighley Parsons (So.) Miranda Stevens (Fr.) Scotlyn Ogle (Fr.) Coaching the team is Debby Steensma and Tim Barton, former Aledo Christian School head volleyball coach. While at Aledo, Barton led the team to two state championship victories. “I am expecting a great season from Ashleigh Garvin and Kennedy Combs, our seniors and captains,” said Steensma. “Moving Kennedy from the middle to an outside player will hopefully open up her game. “I am excited about the team’s potential, but I will need my older girls to be there and continue to bring the younger players along.” WCS opens its season Thursday at Trinity Christian Academy against their junior varsity at 4:30 p.m.