By Chris Parker
New Covenant had one of the area’s best winning percentages in 2018 when the Lady Warriors posted a 26-5-2 overall record. They would fall to Fair Grove in the district semifinals.
“I believe their hard work and team mindset is what drove them to such success last year,” New Covenant coach Lindsey Letsinger said. “Also having finished second instead in Districts the season before was a huge motivation during the off-season which allowed for such growth and the ability to have success.”
Macy Seevers returns after earning First-Team All-Mark Twain Conference honors last season. She will return to her position as a setter.
“Macy has grown as a volleyball player, but more so as an individual. She is one of the hardest working players I have had the privilege to coach. She pushes herself and her teammates by example. But one of the things I admire about Macy is that she doesn’t like the attention. She knows that it’s by her teammates’ support that she has become the player that she is today,” Letsinger said. “I expect her to be the leader that God has been shaping her into over the past couple of seasons. Her teammates watch her actions. They see how she leads. I believe that she has grown in her communication skills on the court, and I expect her to implement those this season.”
Madi Seevers returns to her libero position after being named second-team all-conference in 2018.
“Madi is like my coach on the court. She is a very smart player that sees the big picture. She is one of my top encouragers, one of my hardest workers, and one who is always striving to perform better than she did the day before. She is a natural leader and I expect her to continue leading with the passion and drive that God has given her,” Letsinger said.
Susan Cha is the lone returning senior for New Covenant. She will be a defensive specialist this year.
“She is my ‘silent leader’. She is always working hard and sets the pace for my other players in practice. She is always encouraging her teammates (and her coaches when they need it). She is quick on her feet and has one of the meanest serves I have ever seen,” Letsinger said.
Junior Jillian Ehlers is a returning middle. Classmate Aubrey Klemish will move up from junior varsity this season.
“I believe our greatest strength is not being afraid of failure, but instead seeing failure as an opportunity to succeed. We have a respect for the sport, for each other, and for our opponents, so that we come in to practice and a game with a mindset to do our best so that we are not wasting anybody’s time,” Letsinger said.
New Covenant will be chasing a third consecutive undefeated run through the Mark Twain Conference in 2019.
“We have gone undefeated in the Mark Twain Conference for the past two years, and with lots of work I believe that should be able to do this again,” Letsinger said. “We are competing in bigger tournaments this year than we have in the past, so am expecting growth and just for the girls to see what it’s going to take to go that next level of competition.”
New Covenant opens the season on Aug. 30 at Everton.