By Chris Parker
Lockwood volleyball finished 12-18-1 last season, but must replace a six-player senior class that included both of Lockwood’s all-conference selections.
“We will definitely miss that group. They were always a fun group to be around and very hard working,” Lockwood head coach Jamie Roschevitz said. “They had a lot of success since their sophomore year, seeing two district championships and winning sectionals as juniors. They always worked hard and had great intensity on the floor and I hope the younger girls will follow their example.”
Seniors Emma Bronson and Megan Berlekamp will be two of the team’s leaders this year. Bronson will serves as an outside hitter while Berelkamp will be a middle hitter.
Sophomore setter Kelyn Holman will orchestrate the offense as a setter. She led the team with 371 assists last year as a freshman.
Some new varsity players to watch include: senior Meleeah Friend (defensive specialist); juniors Hannah Dunagan (middle hitter), Camryn Foster (setter/right side), Daphne Moss (outside hitter/defensive specialist) and Natalie Decker (middle hitter); Katie Schnele (outside hitter), Hannah Kennon (libero) and Haley McElroy (outside hitter/defensive specialist).
“Although they are a young group overall they work well together. They are also a very hardworking team when they are in the gym,” Roschevitz said. “They need to get used to their new roles, some will be moving up from JV into roles they are not necessarily comfortable with yet. Defense will be a huge part of this.”
Roschevitz thinks this group is capable of big things.
“We expect them to push themselves and work hard every chance they get. They need to play together and the young players need to get ready for a higher level of play moving up to varsity. When this happens I believe we will see great things,” Roschevitz said.
Lockwood will travel to Stockton on Aug. 29 for a jamboree with the host Lady Tigers, Jasper and Greenfield. The Lady Tigers will open the season on Sept. 3 at Hollister.