Slowly but surely, the Mexico varsity volleyball team has been improving over the past two seasons.
Now the squad is looking to keep that upward trajectory in place, but in order to make that dream a reality head coach Shayla Cox is going to have to rely on the entire roster, some of which is more experienced than the others.
"We have quite a bit of young potential filling our line up this season," said Cox. "We are hoping to bring out their full potential to help build our program from the ground up."
The reason the Lady Bulldogs are experiencing this youth movement is because of the talent it lost to graduation. This includes outside hitters Morgan Bledsoe, Grace Troesser and Francesca Pini, defensive specialist Annika Maddox and middle blocker Kayla Scobee.
"Things we can expect from our kids are better volleyball IQ, communication and pure passion for the game," Cox said. "Things we are looking to improve are versatility, defensive mind and offensive systems."
Despite those losses, the squad does have several returning players from a year ago, such as Senior Adria Costley. Junior Payton Bledsoe is also coming back, as is sophomore Katie Paladin, as well as several other individuals who spent time with the varsity in 2016.
"We have a tough conference, so each game will be a big one for us. Since a lot of the teams are also in our district it will be important to play every game tithe best of our ability so we can know what to adjust when it comes post season," Cox said. "We are looking forward to a great season with a lot of potential in our athletes. We are young, but we have a lot of passion."