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Lady Bruins volleyball preview

Lady Bruins rolling a seven for starters

PERU — If seven is a lucky number, the 2014 volleyball season should bring good luck to the St. Bede Lady Bruins.

Coach Dawn Williams brings back seven returning letterwinners from last year’s squad which went 16-20 overall and 5-7 in their first go around in the Three Rivers South.

“We graduated an experienced crew, but we are stepping right into the flow of this season with an experienced crew as well,” said Williams, a SBA alumnus, who begins her second year in her second stint as Lady Bruins coach.

That experience starts with senior Samantha Whalen, has played varsity ball since she was a sophomore. She steps back in at the libero position to lead the Lady Bruins’ back row defense.

Williams said seniors Claire Dudek (5-11, OH), Michelle Reese (5-9, MH) and Christine Perona (5-10, OPP) and junior Hanna Bima (6-0, MH) “just keep getting stronger as we look forward to dynamic play at the net.”

The Lady Bruins coach is excited to have junior Sadie Long step in as lead setter having spent a lot of time setting in varsity practices the past two years to prepare.

“She is doing a great job running plays and working on timing with our hitters,” Williams said.

Senior Emma Perona will also do some setting along with time as a defensive specialist along with junior Julia Pohar. Juniors Caitlin Smith (5-7, OPP) and Zoe Postula (5-5, OH), sophomores Chase Ludford (5-9, MH/OPP), Kourtney Knecht (5-8 OH/OPP), and freshman Alexa Damerell (5-3, DS), Williams said, will also see playing time in specific roles as the season progresses.

The girls are working hard and have developed a strong bond both on and off the court. Character, heart, trust, and work ethic are evident with this crew. We look forward to getting started with matches,” Williams said.

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