August 7th, 2018

Rockets will have to become one to repeat

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Rockets will have to become one to repeat
The three senior captains

Assumption volleyball team has a chance to turn the 2018 season into something special, one that their community won’t forget about for a longtime.

While the Rockets are dominant on paper, the truth is that you can have all the talent in the world, but in volleyball, you can’t win unless the six players on the court mesh into one.

“Teamwork,” Assumption head coach Ron Kordes said about what this team needs to do to win a state championship. “That was the topic of our meeting today. I don’t care how good you are on paper, if you’re not a team, then you will have cracks, and you’re exposed if you don’t play for one another. What’s important here? The team mission.”  

Assumption is coming off a 40-3 season which included a state championship and ranked high in several national polls.

Only six seniors were on that team meaning the rest of the state will gunning for Kordes and his ever-so powerful squad.

“Coach has told us that we need to play as a team and when things go wrong we need to settle down and remember who we are,” Karly Basham said. “Figure it out and come together as a team and get out of the situation, work together, and pursue that. I think we have been good at that so far but we have some difficulties in some drills and we need to hold ourselves to a high standard of wanting to get better.”

Two longtime rivals - Mercy and Sacred Heart - would love to take down their rivals and ruin their shot at glory.

But, the Rockets will have to get over the injury bug in order to accomplish greatness.

“The key to a great season is to stay healthy,” Kordes said. “Today is the first day where I think everybody can practice. Hopefully we have gotten the injuries out of the way and we can stay healthy and play some good volleyball.”

Tuesday marked the first time this season that the entire team was able to practice together due to injury.

Senior setter Camille Nazor has been out with a slight meniscus tear and had to have surgery on it and has just recently been cleared to practice.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Nazor said. “Friday was the first time I practiced and I felt a lot better.”

Savannah Neal has replaced her in practice and may some reps this season so that Nazor doesn’t re-injure her knee.

“Camille is back, but we’re going to be protective of that knee,” Kordes said. “We don’t want to do overdo it even though she is healthy and has been released.”

Nazor, a senior, will run the show, she’ll have fellow classmate and opposite side hitter Callie Martin to set to on her right while junior outside hitter Anna DeBeer to her left.

“We need to spread it out,” Nazor said. “I need to get my hitters some one-on-one opportunities. But, I also need to realize when one of them is on first, I need to just keep feeding them.”

Kordes is excited about his swingers.

“We have four outside hitters,” Kordes said. “Anna and Mary Ann O’Toole are big hitters. Maggie Burns will back them up. Lauryn Myrick is our fourth who was ineligible last year because of transferring. We’re finding out Lauryn can play anywhere around the net.”

Martin echoed her thoughts.

“I want to work on different shots and hit to different parts on the court,” Martin said. “We don’t want the defense to know where I’m always going to hit.”

Senior defensive specialist Karly Basham will run the show in the back while fellow senior Alexa Hendrick will be in the back with her.

“No. 1, we need to communicate,” Basham said. “We need to have high energy. We can see the court and what’s going on better than the front row and that we need to verbalize that during the game and lets them know what we see. The play starts with a dig or pass and without that you don’t have anything to go off of.”

Basham is a Texas A&M commit and Hendrick is a U of L commit.

The Rockets season starts Aug. 9th hosting Henry Clay at 7:30 p.m. Perhaps that will be the start of a special season - one that ends with the program 21st state title.

“We don’t want to just win a state title,” Martin said. “We want to be remembered as a team that was really close and one that the freshman and JV teams look up to.”

Kordes has his thoughts on how special this team can be.

“I told them today that this team on paper has a chance to be very special,” Kordes said. “But certainly none of that can happen unless we put in a lot of hard work and it goes back to the team chemistry part. Hopefully that’s they’re goal - not to just win - but to be one of the best.”

 

 

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