MANLIUS — With each changing season comes a different team and different challenges and third-year Bureau Valley head volleyball coach Abbi Bosnich believes a change in how you approach the season and coaching must evolve with each year.
The Storm hope to improve upon their record of 16-14 (8-6 TRAC North) from last year as they eye a run at a regional championship.
Last year, Bosnich emphasized to her team the need to raise the tempo in their play, the need to maintain a positive attitude and believe in their ability to compete at a high level. This year the team brought the tempo, attitude and desire to compete this season from the onset of summer workouts.
“Every season is different no matter which level you coach at — varsity, sophomore or club level — each team is different, and I think you have to change your approach to fit the team,” Bosnich said. “This team I have is very senior-heavy, we have seven seniors, and they are all very strong volleyball players.”
Bosnich believes a successful season is on the horizon with the hard work and dedication shown by her team. Bosnich credits her returning core of seven seniors as the driving force behind her team’s passion this year.
“We’re very excited about this season we’re looking forward to a lot of good things and I know the girls have set really high expectations and goals for the season, and I hope that we reach those goals,” Bosnich said, “This is the first time in quiet some time that I can remember that we started the season really healthy. The girls have put in a lot of time in the weight room and their getting stronger, getting faster and (they’re) really just building a overall better well being and keeping themselves healthy.”
Returning seniors are Sydney Lebahn (5-7, S), Carlie Bickett (6-2, MH), Ali Siltman (6-0, RH), Val Reuter (5-10, OH), Lindsey Hoffert (6-0, MH), Heaven Bennett (6-0, OH) and Jehna Thomas (5-4, DS). Lebahn, a First Team All-BCR and TRACN pick, ranks second in school history in assists (1,229). Hoffert led the Storm in kills (194) and aces (34), just missing out on First Team All-Conference honors by one vote.
Storm staples Lebahn, who is a four-year starter, and three-year starter Bickett will be joined by Siltman as captains of this year’s squad.
“This team is able to do a lot of things on their own so I don’t have to necessarily spend time to work on these things in practice. Being senior heavy gives us the chance to refine our skills in other areas during practice instead of going over basics.”
Five juniors round out the varsity squad, Maggie Kelly (5-5, DS), Kaylynn Sullivan (5-4, DS), Samantha Stocking (5-9, RH) and Sidney Kolb (5-10, MH). They have made positive impacts on the progression and competitive nature of the team and will also be vying for playing time this season.
“We’ve had a very successful summer, we’ve have participated in two tournaments. The girls have worked really hard and have showed a lot of excitement and drive to do well and they have been very competitive very upbeat and we’re really looking forward to this season,” Bosnich said.
Notes: Returning to coach the Storm as assistants are Tiffany Gonigam and Wayne Bailey, who will be joined by first-year coach Sam Taylor.