SYRACUSE – The Syracuse volleyball team will be puzzling their roster back together after losing a setter, middle hitter and two other role players to graduation last year. However, they return a loaded roster with athletes who are coming off a Class B state track and field championship last May.
According to second-year head coach Courtney VanGroningen, time and energy on the volleyball court will be key for Syracuse to continue the successes established in the spring during their run to the school’s first state track and field title since 1985.
“Just trying to get them together, play as a team and understand that everybody has their roles. We need to develop those volleyball skills, because we know we have the athletes, we just need to have the volleyball skills.”
The Rockets roster will feature four returning starters from last season’s 24-5 team that appeared in the C1-6 district final, including Meredith Clark, Brooke Snyder, Lauren Meyer and Jessie Moss. They also added Nebraska City transfer Aubrey Kasbohm.
VanGroningen says if they can pass the ball well, they will be a hard team to stop.
“I think every team can struggle with that at times. That’s one area that we need to be solid in, so we have a solid offense. Serving and passing, serving and passing…that’s what we always preach to them. You can’t do much if you don’at have a good pass.”
Syracuse begins the season on Aug. 23 at Milford.
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