New Coach, New Team, New Swag

By: Jackson Naugle

The 2015 South Eugene volleyball team has high hopes for this season. A strong early performance against South Medford ended in a victory, boosting confidence and showing everyone that the team is capable of competing for a league title. With an overall young team, the Lady Axemen sculpted their starting lineup around three returning upper classmen: Zoe Chamness, Sydney Sabbato, and Alexis Miller. A surprising number of freshmen not only made the team, but also started in the season opener. The lack of experience on the roster may seem like a problem to many, but new coach Danielle Glenzel has a plan to turn these fresh faces into a strong team that can make a difference in league play.

Glenzel’s hopes for this year include a successful season with plenty of victories and improvement, in addition to teaching the younger players the South ways­­­ – eventually molding them into a strong team for years to come. In order to reach these goals, the team must work together and deal with the adversity of inexperience and new coaching.

“This year we’re focusing on a lot on energy, teamwork, and bonding to help us stay strong off the court, but also to help with success on the court.” Glenzel said.

As shown in the first match, the Lady Axemen will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in league play. Last year’s third-place Southwest Conference finish showed potential for this year, but the loss of multiple seniors left gaps in the roster. The gaps were quickly filled as a highly talented freshman class arrived for summer practice. The combination of Glenzel’s coaching and the overall talent could lead to success not only this year, but in future seasons as well.

“We have lots of young players, and a new coach, but I think we’re going to be successful this year,” freshman Taylor Williams said.

The players clearly have a positive mindset going into the season, and believe it should be a highly productive one.


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