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New coach Gary Timberlake says the Braves will be in a rebuilding mode with only two seniors on their squad. The seniors are Shelbie Farvour and McKenzie Smith.
Other key players returning for Borden are juniors Kristen Nestor, Bailee Kruer and McKenzie Owens. Other returnees are Joann Konermann, Katie Schaffer and Kendyl Wheatley. The Braves also welcome five freshmen, who are expected to play key roles this season.
“We are definitely in a rebuilding year,” Timberlake said. “My expectations for this year are like for any team I’ve coached — I expect the best. I look for us to improve.”
Tammy Nuxoll, a former All-State player at Jeffersonville and a standout at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, will try to turn around the Pirates’ fortunes as their new coach.
Nuxoll inherits five returning seniors from last year’s 2-22 squad in setter Megan Brooks, middle blocker Lauren Crowe, outside hitter Cassie Martin, right-side hitter Haley Layton and outside hitter and middle blocker Erika Broady. Junior setter and defensive specialist Keeley Couch also returns.
“I am expecting great things from my team this season,” said Nuxoll, who has coached at Clarksville and Jeff. “I am expecting a more fundamentally sound team with my seniors generating excitement and more confidence on the court. Each and every game, improvements in team play will be the goal. I want to frustrate other teams with our defense and ‘never let the ball hit the floor’ attitude.”
The Warriors (25-6 in 2012) bring back several key players from last year’s Class A sectional championship team, and they hope to make another sectional-title run in 2013.
Returning for CAI are junior outside and middle hitter Krista Boesing, senior outside hitter Emily Haworth, sophomore setter Alexis Falcone and junior libero Alex Lyons. Freshman middle and outside hitter Sierra Rayzor is expected to contribute to the Warriors’ cause.
CAI has strengthened its schedule with tournaments at Kokomo and Jeff and has added a dual match against Silver Creek.
“We look to build upon our sectional championship from last year,” coach Walter Pauly said. “Our defense and passing will need to improve in order for us to achieve our goal.”