By Chris Parker
Monett volleyball has improved its win total in each of the last two seasons. The Lady Cubs will look to keep that success up not by focusing specifically on wins, but instead by focusing on goals.
“We need to continue to stay focused on our goals – practice by practice – set by set – match-by match goals. By continuing to hit goals the wins will come – this is just not something I spend a lot of time focusing on,” Monett head coach Courtney Bauer said.
Four players returns to the varsity lineup for Monett in: Alex Sparkman (senior outside hitter), Kylie Knight (sophomore middle), Katelynn McNair (junior setter) and Harley McCully (junior).
Senior leadership is strong for this year’s version of Monett volleyball.
“I have great leadership in my seniors, Alex Sparkman, Carmen Fillinger and Celeste Guerra,” Bauer said. “They all bring a different leadership skills and we will put them all to use. They care about success of this team and have all played an active role in helping our young athletes learn to love the game which will in turn build success for the future.”
Junior Kalysa McGuire will be a new player to watch on the varsity level.
Unity amongst this group of players will be a strength for the 2019 version of the Lady Cubs.
“Our biggest strength this year is our team unity. This group of girls are friends on and off the court. They do things together on a regular basis and will fight for one another. One can’t coach friendship and unity but it sure helps. The way this team bonds will be an asset we will capitalize on this year,” Bauer said.
Gaining confidence will be key for Monett to continue increasing its win total.
“In order for us to reach out potential this year we will need to improve our confidence level. We continue to get better but this group has to believe that they have the skill set to beat most any team,” Bauer said.
Bauer’s expectations for her team go much further than just performance on the volleyball court.
“My expectations haven’t changed since I accepted the position. I expect my girls to work hard, excel in the classroom and be great citizens in the community. All I have ever asked of them is to give their all every time they touch the court,” Bauer said.
Monett opens the season on Sept. 3 at Diamond.