AE looks to improve, grow during volleyball season
TWINING – Experience is a bit thin for the Arenac Eastern varsity volleyball team, but Eagles coach Hannah Neil believes her young team will only improve as they gain experience.
“This team is young and have a great potential to grow and become a strong team,” Neil said. “They played a scrimmage last week and looked real good. They played and worked like a team.”
While the Eagles lack experience overall, Neil still has two returning players back from last year’s team in juniors Sara Wenkel and Erin Ecker, who both play setter.
Another junior, Courtney Pasnik, is back on the team after sitting out the volleyball season last year. Pasnik is an outside blocker.
Three members of the team — sophomore’s Madalyn Forshee, Kaylee Wilson and Heather Norton — played at the junior varsity level last season and Neil expects big contributions from each one. Forshee is a middle-blocker, Wilson is a defensive receiver, and Norton will play the role of libero, which is the player that the coach can move to different positions at any time without making an official substitution.
Two other players expected to help the Eagles this season are sophomore setter IIamae Mahon, and freshman Tiffany Miracle, a defensive receiver.
The Eagles opened the season Tuesday, Aug. 25, but results of that match were not available before deadline.