The Bell volleyball team didn't perform last season the way it expected to – going 19-21 overall and 3-9 in District 7-6A. When August arrives, the program plans to be a contender again.
“We were fifth in district this past year,” Bell coach Vickie Griffin said. “We are in one of the toughest districts in the state, but we feel if we keep working hard that we have a great chance to get a playoff spot this coming fall.”
Missing the postseason last year was quite out of character for Bell. The Lady Raiders had made it to the playoffs the previous four seasons and 17 times since 1992.
The Lady Raiders will also look to advance beyond the bi-district round for the first time in three years and past the third round for the first time in 12 years.
“The girls have worked very hard in the offseason,” Griffin said. “They have worked very hard in the weight room.”
Six out of the 11 players on last year’s roster were seniors, including first team all-district players in Kayla Allen and Elizabeth Williams, along with track and field standouts Leisa VanVooren and Anna Hafoka. And their run isn’t quite over yet, actually.
“I have four girls going to nationals in the end of June in New Orleans, so that is very exciting,” Griffin said.
Despite the graduation losses, Bell is expected to bring back a talented bunch, including second-team all-district selection Sidra Triplett, who will be a senior, and 2015-16 junior Shawna Glick and sophomore Sophie Rodgers, both whom also earned all-district honors last season.
“I have a middle blocker in Triplett who should have a good senior year,” Griffin said. “My two setters are also returning in Glick and Rodgers, who had a great freshman year.
“We have some varsity experience, but we will still be a pretty young team.”
Last week’s volleyball article incorrectly reported Bell’s 2014 district and overall records.