Aurora, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- When you lose seven seniors from your 2012 team, odds are safe to say you will be rebuilding in 2013. That fact is true for the Aurora Lady Houn' volleyball program, being coached by second-year head coach Susan Patterson. Last season's team finished with a 9-19-2 record.
Patterson says the Lady Houns will be putting on a "new look" at the varsity level for 2013, as they field just one senior, but several younger players who saw varsity playing time in 2012.
That lone senior is Jordan Hall, who was a starting outside attacker for Aurora last season.
In addition to Hall, Aurora will return three juniors and a sophomore from last season's varsity squad. Returning juniors will be setter Regain Cline, outside attacker Rachel Parker and middle attacker Lakin Waggoner. The sophomore varsity player from 2012 is setter and libero Taegan Sumners.
Patterson expects to put together a good season in 2013 despite the lack of upperclassmen.
"The girls have been working hard at developing their skills," said Patterson, "and have extremely good attitudes towards the game itself and towards each other."
Patterson said even though the team may be young and inexperienced, she thinks the high level of heart and determination will overcome any negatives.
"We have some returning varsity players that gained valuable court experience last season," she said, "and we have some young talent to add into the mix. I am looking forward to seeing how we develop and put things together as a team."
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