Volleyball Team Looking To Soucie For Leadership

By Jeff Gulley

New head coach Darren Soucie knows a lot about the group of volleyball players he is coaching this year.

Soucie has been in the stands for the past two seasons watching his daughter Taylor play. This season, he will rely on Taylor, three other returning starters and some new talent to improve on a 10-win 2010 campaign.

“We are looking toward Taylor for leadership and play making,” Soucie said. “She is able to play more than one position and her experience of playing club on the national level will be a big plus. Tess Newport and Marley Murrow have been doing a nice job setting. Darbey Madden, Kandice Firley, Kaylee Hurt, Rebecca Fisher, Suzy Waddle, Taryn McReynolds, Jordan Nichols and Britney Whitley have also been stepping up so far in the four days of practice that we’ve had.”

Returning starters are Soucie, Nichols, Waddle and Hurt. Other impact players mentioned by Soucie are all new to the team this year.

Now in the second week of practice, Soucie is pleased with the progress his team has made and how coachable they are.

“We have improved a great deal from our first practice but that is expected,” he said. “If we can keep improving every day we will be a very good team. These girls have great attitudes and character. The challenge will be for some to except the roles they are given. We are trying to use every ones strengths to put together the best team we can.”

The team begins the season Sept. 8 at Ottawa and will play in the Baldwin tournament Sept. 10. The first home games of the season will be Sept. 20.

Soucie said he thinks this team can have a successful season.

“We are in the process of setting our goals as we speak,” he said. “We are taking one game at a time and looking to keep improving with every game.  If our passing, digging and serving keeps improving we will have a very successful year.

The team will have a scrimmage Friday night beginning at 4:30 p.m.



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