Stockton is looking to bounce back from a seven-win season in coach Amanda Walton’s second year as head coach of the program.
The Lady Tigers have a good starting point in junior Katelyn Creek who was a first-team all-conference hitter last year. She led the team with 221 kills while contributing 179 digs.
“Creek is a great hitter. Her focus on persuasion is one of the reasons she is a wonderful hitter,” Walton said. “She is always focused on making herself as good as possible on the floor for her team.”
Seniors Carly Fox (libero), Fallon Lloyd (defensive specialist) and Kiah Daulton (setter) along with juniors Katie Hedrick (defensive specialist), Kira Frazier (setter) and Cassidy Duncan (defensive specialist) will return to the varsity lineup this season. Fox led the team with 259 digs last season. Duncan had 227 assists while Daulton contributed 128 assists of her own.
Sophomore Maygen French transferred in from Texas and will be a middle hitter. Regan Stapp will step up to varsity in her senior season in the middle and on the right side.
Stockton’s quality returning players have the Tigers looking to climb back towards .500.
“We made big improvements last year and are planning to continue the trend. We have some big goals we want to reach,” Walton said. “These girls have heart and desire to move the program forward. We obviously want more wins than last season and would love a district title. But our biggest goal is to always improve ourselves and our game.”
Stockton opens the season on Aug. 28 at home against Ash Grove.