Coach: Diana Lopez (seventh season)
Key returnees: Emily Marquez, Jr., OH; Azucena Villagomez, Sr., MH; Alyssa Lopez, Sr., L.
Key newcomers: Veronica Fitzgerald, So., S.
Season outlook: The Giants have low numbers once again with only eight players on the roster, so they’ll rely on their returning players while also looking for a sophomore and a pair of freshmen to fill in. “These girls do not give up,” Lopez said. “Numbers are low again. We lost some players, but the players who came back this season are eager to feel like a team/play the sport. The girls really missed the feeling of volleyball and everything that comes with playing the sport — practice, bus rides, me yelling, conditioning, just being able to play.” … Rounding out the squad are seniors Natalie Lopez and Paty Madrigal, sophomores Jazmine Moreno and Liz Paz, and freshmen Emily Lopez and Estafania Lopez.
Coach: Kaitlyn Hughes (first season)
Key returnees: McKenna Klein, Sr., L; Ella Cherry, Jr., S; Ki’Ayana Moore, Sr., MH; Leah Williams, Sr., OH/DS; Kylee Brown, Sr., H
Key newcomers: Kiersten Shevokas, Sr., MH
Season outlook: Hughes, a former player in the L-O co-op from Ohio, takes over as head coach after two seasons as an assistant. The Lions have several key returning players but also will need some young players to step up. Klein and Cherry will be looked to for leadership. “I am expecting large contributions to the team from these two ladies,” Hughes said. Shevokas is returning to the program after a year off, while Hughes is hoping Brown can return from injury at some point during the season. “With six freshmen who will be dressing varsity, we will need our returning upperclassmen to step up tremendously,” Hughes said. “With so many new players, we are still working on deciding which players will primarily play where. Our team’s strengths include the ability to switch positions when asked, an eagerness to learn and serving.” … Rounding out the varsity roster are freshmen Bella Fischer, Dakota Coffman, Olivia Sadnick, Claire Lovgren, and Laela Shevokas, sophomore Nataleigh Wamhoff and juniors Trinity Betts-Wheeler and Bella Drummer. … The Lions dropped their season opener to Marquette.
Source: The Daily Chronicle