By Chris Parker
Waynesville won six games in the first season under Megan Callis. Now, entering her second season, Callis has her expectations and system in place to improve upon last year’s record.
“The biggest change I’ve seen in the program over the past year is the work ethic I’m noticing from quite a few of the returning players. They’re showing up for strength and conditioning and you can see the gains on the court. These girls have been putting in the work on the court as well to improve their fundamentals. As a coaching staff we are constantly asking them to believe in the process and I can see that happening,” Callis said.
Waynesville will have to replace a five-player senior class that included both of Waynesville’s all-conference selections in Gracie Hutchison and Shelby Wardin.
“We will miss their experience. On the outside we’ll miss the power that Shelby brought and we’ll miss Gracie’s consistency in the middle, but I feel we have a great group coming up that will be able to step up and fill these gaps,” Callis said.
Senior Hannah Hedrick (libero) along with juniors Aldon Pilz (setter), Sydney Kunneman (setter) and Jordan Harpel (middle hitter) and sophomore Mary Henry (defensive specialist) will return to the varsity squad.
The senior quartet of Schay Vergara (defensive specialist), Bella Sloas (outside/middle hitter), Kynnedi Beck (outside hitter) and Jaylah Davis (outside hitter) along with junior middle hitter Shannon Morrison and sophomore outside hitter Maddie Dye will be some new players to watch this season.
“The expectations for this upcoming season are to keep working on our team dynamics and improve one match, game, and point at a time,” Callis said.
Waynesville opens the season on Aug. 30 at home against Glendale.