Mavericks look for growth from returners | Volleyball

By David Pan | Sep 06, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kelsey Cummins is one of only two seniors on Meadowdale’s roster.

The Meadowdale volleyball team is ready to up its game.

The Mavericks may be young with only two seniors on the roster. But this year’s squad has plenty of varsity experience.

Having seven returners from last year bodes well for the 2018-19 campaign.

“I think it works to our advantage,” Meadowdale coach Machen Shrum said. “Last year because of so many young sophomores we were throwing them in the mix and seeing how they handled the pressure, handled my coaching style and each other. Last year they did a good job of coming together and being a solid group and really liking each other. This year I’m pushing them.”

Shrum is emphasizing to the players that they need to work their hardest against their teammates in practice, something that was lacking at times last season.

“They don’t like to make their teammates feel bad or beat a teammate out of a position,” Shrum said. “This year that’s a push that we’re working on. You work to beat them. We expect them to compete with each other.”

Meadowdale’s top returner is senior Kelsey Cummins, who earned second-team, all-league honors.

“We’re making each other better as well as just being able to create a good connection,” Cummins said of practices.

Cummins played club volleyball in the offseason and Shrum can see the difference, especially with her confidence on the court.

“I’m just really looking for her to dominate on the court for our team with her hitting, blocking and passing,” Shrum said. “She’s one of those players who can do everything and this year I’m expecting to see her dominate in all of those areas.”

Heading into the regular season, the Mavericks have yet to decided on their setter. Three players are under consideration – junior Sophie Kotz, junior Haley Stephens and sophomore Adah Hall.

“All three may get some time depending on the night,” Shrum said. “We’re hoping to eventually get it down to one or two.”

Meadowdale has plenty of options on offense with Cummins, senior Kaitlyn Robinson, junior Eloise Gabu and junior Ashley Bagstad. When she’s not setting, Kotz, at 5-foot-11, also figures into the offensive attack.

“There are a lot of hitters this year. We’re able to try different hitting sets.” Cummins said.

“We have quite a few tools if we can get them all on the same page with our setters and staying very confident and aggressive,” Shrum added.

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