Expectations high as EA readies for 2013 volleyballPublished 4:32pm Monday, July 29, 2013
“Coach (Bobby) Carr’s boys have swagger,” said Edgewood volleyball coach Alyssa Eason. “Our girls need to have that this season.”
Edgewood Academy’s volleyball team returned to the hard court in late June, two years removed from winning the school’s first AISA Class A volleyball state championship.
“I felt confident last year, because of what we had coming back,” said Eason. “This year, I think the girls have something to prove.”
After defeating Clarke Prep to win in 2011, the Lady Gators clamped their jaws around the title in 2012.
That proved to be the final match for seniors Chandler Thornton, Lottie Moore and Hannah Guthrie.
“I think after that and coming into this year, the seniors have really matured,” said Eason. “So far the girls look good and we’ve had 40 female athletes coming to our workouts.”
The Edgewood volleyball team looks to be larger in numbers than in years past. Eason said 22 girls will form the junior varsity and the varsity will boast 14 with a few, like freshman Kevi Hansen, splitting time between the two squads.
Edgewood returns Kayli Courson at the net and will regain the services of HannahLee Harris (lost her junior year to an ACL tear) and will have acquired Kara Wilson from Holtville.
“I challenged them the first day,” said Eason. “I told them they couldn’t play like they did last season or we’d be runners up again. That lit a fire in their bellies.”
Despite posting a 28-8 mark in 2012, Eason said her squad had a bad habit of calling off the dogs before they were ready to be.
“I’m the one who makes the decision,” said Eason. “Last year we played to the level of our opponent sometimes. They should have to play to our level no matter what.
“That’s the kind of mind set we need to have. And the more we play like that, the more it will become expected. It will leave an impression on the younger girls. And that’s the mentality they will bring to the court each season.”
Eason said her girls know how to win.
“I told the girls I want our volleyball team to be like our football team,” said Eason. “I want teams to be intimidated. I want people to be worried about coming to play us.”
On the younger end of the equation, Eason is looking toward the future after picking up Kaylie Glenn and Christina Bush.
“We have some really good leadership,” said Eason. “Our senior are out there supporting the younger girls. That’s huge. And it helps knowing we can practice together. That’s going to make our younger girls better.”
Edgewood’s volleyball season sets up with an Aug. 15 showdown in Auburn against Lee-Scott.
“It’s going to be a good test for us,” said Eason. “They always have a big squad. But, we’ve got some big girls this year. I think it’s going to be a good test for us.”