Bolivar, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- After an up-and-down season a year ago, the Bolivar Lady Liberators will look to some younger players this season in their quest to improve on last year’s district semifinal appearance.
“Last season we had some ups and downs,” said head coach Stacey Ramsey. “Just when we were rolling good, we won the Buffalo Tournament then lost a player to an injury. We struggled a bit after that but then got her back to end the season and made it to the second round of districts and lost in three sets to a very strong Buffalo team.”
Graduation claimed a lot of talent from the Bolivar roster, including All-State middle hitter Peyton Peavey, who will be playing at College of the Ozarks this season. Also departed is a pair of outside hitters in Becca Roweton and Faith Harris, as well as libero Alyssa Kelley.
However, Bolivar does return plenty of talent, led by seniors Daiwa Emmert, Shelby Roberts and Liz Harris, and all-district junior Madison Campbell. “Daiwa (All-District) has covered the outside hitter position for us the last couple of seasons and this season she will move to the middle,” said Ramsey. “Shelby (All-District, All-Region) has ran our setter position since her sophomore year. That season we ran a 6-2 offense, then her junior season and this season she ran and will run a 5-1.
"Liz works the libero position. She played this position at the beginning of the season last year then hurt her foot and was out for the middle portion of our season. Liz covers a lot of ground defensively but really adds to our offense with her ability to attack the ball from the back row.”
The Lady Liberators will be looking to add a few newcomers to the varsity rotation to mesh with the returnees.
“We will have a mix of older girls and younger girls and how they pull together on the court will be the biggest determining factor on us having a successful season,” said Ramsey, who is entering her 11th season at the helm. “The girls will have to make the adjustment to playing with each other. We need to work on being aggressive with every third hit. We are going to be young but should be stronger than what’s expected.”
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