By Josh Hall (Josh.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Courtney Popanz’s word of the year is effort.
Entering her first season as the head coach of the Monett High School volleyball team, Popanz’s believes the Cubs can win some games this season if they put in the work.
“I firmly believe these girls have it in them to win,” Popanz said. “If they go out and put effort into their game we’ll get some wins.”
Popanz said her team put in the work during the summer in the gym and in the weight room. And she believes that will continue based on the effort she saw in her first few weeks with the team in June.
“My girls work hard every time they touch the court,” she said. “There isn’t a practice that they leave that they haven’t been pushed to their max.”
Monett went 2-26 last season after falling to Seneca in the first round of the Class 3, District 12 tournament. The Cubs were winless in 2015 and won two games in 2014.
“We have goals and we’ll have goals throughout the year, but it’s going to be about improving,” Popanz said.
Randi Prock (M), Kristen Abramovitz (DS), Kaylee Davis (S) and Rosa Fulton (UTL), will be some key players for Monett this year. Hailee Randall and Sam McNair will also contribute.
“I have some strong returners,” Popanz said. “These girls have potential to win some games this year.”