MT. VERNON —
Last season was the most successful volleyball year in about a decade for the Lady Rams.
Not only did Mount Vernon finish with a winning record, the Lady Rams piled up 16 victories throughout the season. The Lady Rams entered the postseason but lost in three games in the opening round of the regional to rival Centralia.
Angie Higgins had 36 girls try out for the volleyball squad this season and kept 29 the freshman, junior varsity and varsity squads.
“We're just really trying to figure out where everybody's going to play,” Higgins said. “These next couple weeks (preparing for the opening match) we're just trying out people in different positions and focusing on the fundamentals.”
Mt. Vernon will have the task of replacing graduated veterans Kelby Kujawa, Aaliyah Palmer and Taylor McGowen. All played huge roles in Mt. Vernon's success a season ago.
“The seniors last year, they all played a lot,” Higgins said. “They were in every game, almost all game.
“They'll have some big shoes to fill, but I know that the seniors and juniors are coming up this year so they'll do great.”
The Lady Rams will also be without Molly Koester. The senior started consistently during the fall, but hasn't recovered from a knee injury.
“That's the biggest one we're trying to figure out right now,” Higgins said. “We were expecting to have Molly back for a long time,” Higgins said. “So that's a last minute thing we're trying to decide on.”
Koester was an outside hitter for the Lady Rams a season ago as a junior.
“She played hard every game,” Higgins said. “Her hitting really turned on the beginning of last season. It was kind of a blow to the team, and I know she's really upset about it because it's her senior year.”