As the Colleyville Covenant volleyball team gears up for the 2014 season, it will be doing so under new leadership.
Christeena Bertinetti is the new head coach of the Lady Cougars volleyball team this season and after working with the girls this summer, she said she is optimistic about her team's chances.
“The girls began working since the end of June, and they have been working really, really hard in open gym,” Bertinetti said. “They have come in this week and have just amazed me with how hard they have been working. They are looking good right now.”
Covenant is moving up in classification to the 4A division of TAPPS this season, and Bertinetti said the objective for the 2014 campaign is to prepare for the jump in the level of competition it will be facing.
“We're so ready for the challenge,” Bertinetti said. “I know these girls have been really successful at the 3A level and have done really well, and this is just a new beginning for us. We're just excited for the challenge and we're just going to go in and work hard.”
Bertinetti said she has a number of strong players returning this season to help achieve that goal.
“Laura Hasler is one of our top hitters, and she is going be a go to hitter this year,” Bertinetti said. “We have our returning libero, Nancy Fitzgerald, who will be big for us. Our setter is also returning, and her name is Molly Totten, and she has great hands and is really going to lead our offense this year.”
Covenant returns a total of four starting players from last year, and Bertinetti said that she believes that Fort Worth Southwest Christian will present a strong challenge to Covenant this season.
“I don't think that this season is going to be noticeably tougher for us,” Bertinetti said. “I think we still have enough returning starters to be a good team this season. But I do think it will be a good challenge for us.”
In order to have a successful season in 2014 and hopefully claim a playoff berth, Bertinetti said she believes her team will have to do a couple of things.
“They have already done the beginning part of what needs to be done,” Bertinetti said. “They've been in here; they've been working hard doing the conditioning and the strength. I think that our overall shape and our defensive game is going to be paramount. Our defensive game and our serving game are probably going to be the ways that we win ball games this year.”