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New coach brings new hope for Arlington spikers
The Arlington Eagles girls volleyball team faced a tough challenge last season in the Wesco North conference. Competing against 4A schools took its toll on the 3A Eagles who finished 2-6 in league, 7-7 overall.
First-year head coach Cari Britt brings renewed optimism to the bunch. Britt coached in Seattle for 10 years at Kennedy High School as an assistant. The Kennedy program is one of the strongest in the state as witnessed by last years second-place finish in the state finals.
This year Britt takes on new challenges as she attempts to raise the Eagles up to the top of the Wesco North League.
My goal is to improve each week, said Britt. My philosophy is that hard work, dedication, and the right attitude will make a successful program.
The cupboard is not bare for Britt at Arlington with some talented returners on the team.
Setters Kyra Prause and Allison Taylor will take charge of the offense.
Kyra is very athletic, shes learning how to be a true setter, said Britt. Allison has great hands and mobility.
Both will be setting for outside hitters Ryanne Mueller and Amanda Bottini.
Ryanne is the backbone of the team, said Britt. She takes charge vocally and if were having trouble with passing shell take over. Shes consistent in hitting the ball in.
Bottini, the youngest player on the team, will be counted on to deliver important points.
Shes young, said Britt. But she has the mindset of a senior. She mixes in well with the group.
Middle hitter Breanna Covey will be the focal point of the attack. Her coach expects plenty of kills.
Breanna is well rounded, with ability that exceeds typical high school juniors. Shes our go-to player.
The starting libero will be Athena Daleonez. Her role clearly lends itself to excellent serving and defense, and Coach Britt expects nothing less.
Athena passes well and has good quickness. Shes also one of our better servers and plays the back row well.
On the right side will be Savannah Bridges, a senior who Coach Britt tabs as a consistent passer, a great server and another key part of our defense.
Coming from Kennedy, Britt knows the ins and outs of a successful program.
Ill be employing a 5-1 formation, hopefully running a quick offense, said Britt. I like to throw the opposing blockers off with a change of pace. Obviously I want us to win every game but not knowing the type of league Im in now, I want the girls to improve every day and have fun.
The goals are simple. The players are talented. Everything is in place for an excellent fall season for Arlingtons volleyball team.