After having just one senior on its 2012 roster, the Waxahachie Lady Indians volleyball team has 10 seniors for 2013.
Courtney Miller, Jordyn Wiggins, Summer Stevens, Cristian Armstrong, Celi Bruce, Molly Jeffcoat, Sorrel Barnes, Shelbie Tucker, Mary Kate Clark and Lisa Trevino are all preparing for their final season in green and white.
These players have been playing together for a long time and are ready to make this year memorable.
“I think we have a really strong team,” Jeffcoat said. “I feel like we’re more compatible and since we’re all seniors we know what’s going on and we’re not nervous this year. We are pretty confident.”
So how far can experience and confidence take a team? Waxahachie volleyball is annually a state contender and this year is no different.
“I think state could be a realistic goal,” Jeffcoat said. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we want to focus on getting a little bit further and state is always the ultimate goal we have every year.”
The 10 seniors are hoping to make this year memorable, but they are going to get a little help from six younger members on the varsity squad. Aeriel Horton, Lauren Atkins, Ellen Platt, Lyndsey Griffith and Emma Hinds are all juniors on the varsity team and sophomore Audrey Willet is also going to play a role.
A 16 player roster is usually about four more than the team usually carries, which makes transportation more interesting and bench space a little more scarce.
“We have to take a bus and a minivan to games now since we have so many people,” Jeffcoat said. “I really don’t mind it though. I think we’re all very talented. The only time we really notice is during practice doing drills with so many players and when we’re sitting on the bench and a couple players have to stand to the side.”
The Lady Indians will play in the Denton Ryan Kick Off Classic beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday against Little Elm.