Head coach Molly Yarbrough enters her ninth season at the helm of the Station Camp Bison volleyball team and is as eager as ever to get 2019 started.
Returning five seniors from last year’s team that saw the state tournament, expectations for the maroon and silver are as high as they have ever been.
“If you expect excellence out of your players they will expect it as well,” Yarbrough said. “Not only will they expect it but they can achieve it. The players want to work hard and they want the same goals as you.”
Goals are simple: compete for the district tournament championship, region championship, and put yourself one win away from going back to Murfreesboro.
“We have a solid team this year,” Yarbrough said. “We will have to replace three key pieces from last year in Maddie Lyons, Chloe McRae and Gracelyn Carvacho, but I am confident in our team to do so. We have several outside hitters we can rely upon this year.”
The Bison have been hard at work this summer and preseason, taking trips to Western Kentucky and UTC to compete in team camps.
“I thought both camps went really well for us,” Yarbrough added. “At UTC we competed against several local teams and did well and at WKU we competed against some of the top teams in the country; one catholic school out of Cincinnati in particular. It was good for us to see that competition.”
Seniors Reagan Bratton, Aleeyah Willis, Addie Lennon, Rachel Vanatta and Sydney Vanatta will all be key components for the Bison in 2019, as well as Emma Titus, Renee Keck and Miranda Fingerhut.
“Our style doesn’t change from last year to this year,” Yarbrough said. “We were able to spread the ball around a lot last year and I expect the same again this year.”
The Bison will open the 2019 season at home against two-time defending Class AA state champion Portland High School on August 26.