August 2nd, 2018

Holy Cross volleyball plans to work hard and succeed

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Holy Cross volleyball plans to work hard and succeed
photo from the Holy Cross volleyball Twitter page

“Nothing is given, everything is earned.” - Holy Cross head coach Connie Hulsmeyer

With that said, the Holy Cross volleyball team is ready for a new season and with several key players returning.

“That’s our motto this season,” Hulsmeyer said. “We’re prepared to work hard and our reward is to be successful.”

The Cougars are looking to advance to the All “A” Classic State Tournament for the first since 2014 and seeking their first winning season in four years.

“We would of course like to have a winning record, that would be a good start,” Hulsmeyer said. “Then we’d like to the All “A” Region which then gives us a shot to win the All “A” State Tournament. If we can get by Pres, then we can get to state which will be full of good teams. St. Henry is of course the team who won last year. That’s our biggest goal. Then we’d like to win the district and be competitive in the region.”

But, if Holy Cross wants to make to the small school state tournament, they must beat Presentation, a team they haven’t beaten in the past seven tries.

Their last victory in the series was back in 2014.

“Our biggest returning player isSara Tino and McKenna Short, that’s the bulk of our offense,” Hulsmeyer said. “Sara led us in blocks and was second in kills per game and McKenna led us in kills per game. I really expect those two to carry us. We also return Kristen Snodgrass who will be our setter. Defensively we return every including our libero Hannah Murphy and Hannah Tino as well Leann Grimes.”

However, the Cougars have had plenty of success in the KHSAA Sixth Region, having only lost to Butler and Mercy in the past several years.

Hulsmeyer says her squad will be small, but there’s plenty to believe that Holy Cross can make a run and have a successful 2018 campaign.  

“Olivia Murphy will be my vocal leader on the court and in the locker room,” Hulsmeyer said. “She’s always has a team attitude and is a team player. She’s the first person to encourage somebody. She’s the one who has that fire, the one who jumps up and down after a big play, the one who pats somebody on the back telling them they got the next one. She’s the kid who everybody looks up to.”

The Cougars went 16-21 in Hulsmeyer’s first season last year and fell to Butler in four sets in the Sixth Region semifinals.

“We may not be a big team,” Hulsmeyer said. “But, we have size and we have a lot of energy. We’re pretty good in a lot of positions and we have a lot of depth. It’s going to be a challenge to get everybody in.”

Holy Cross opens the regular season at North Oldham on Aug. 14th.


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