Chickasha head coach Nancy Waters believes in her team.
The head coach is delighted with what a team full of experience can achieve in the 2022 campaign. She believes the expectations are rightfully high.
The Lady Chicks enter the season with several seniors who have developed a chemistry over the years. Waters said they have been playing together for several years and all that experience will be a strength for the team this year.
“Expectations for this group of girl volleyball players are very high,” Waters said. “We have every chance of being very good. … There’s a lot of experience on the pitch this year.
“Experience is everything for us this year. We’ve been through a lot together.”
Waters also mentioned some of the players expected to lead the experienced squad this season.
“Jaedyn Brown-Adams is one of the best hitters in the state. Jackie Funderburk has been the starting setter for three years, [and] she has the experience and talent to put the ball exactly where the hitters want and need the ball,” Waters said. “Hayla Wilson has become a very good back setter, [and] she is the leader of the back row. Kylie Owens will move into midfield after playing away for three years. She has made great progress. »
With all the experience and talent on the roster this season, Waters expects improvement in a certain area to really take Chickasha to the next level.
“Blocking should be a strength for us this year,” she said. “We really improved that skill throughout early season training.”
The Lady Chicks competed in summer games, and Waters liked what she saw of the team. According to Waters, the team had several wins over the summer.
“The summer league was very good for us. We played in our summer league and John Marshall,” she said. “We were able to get a lot of wins against very good teams. We worked on some skills like setting serves and hitting from the right side. We were able to work together and learn to communicate well.
And now, Chickasha will begin its season on August 9.
“If they can develop the necessary team chemistry, we can have a 20-win season,” Waters said. “Trust is a huge thing for us. If they can trust themselves, we will have a very successful season.