(Sept. 6, 2013) Stephen Decatur Coach Sarah Zimmer describes the Lady Seahawks as “very energetic” players who love the game of volleyball.
“When they come out (on the court,) they’re ready to play. There are things they can improve on, but they’re doing really well so far,” said the second-year coach. “They all get along very well. They work hard in practice and they’re always asking what they can do to improve.”
Six of the girls on Zimmer’s 11-player roster competed last year, when the team went 10-7. The Seahawks’ 2012 season came to an end in the second round of the 3A East Regional tournament with a loss to River Hill.
Four starters graduated from last year’s squad, but the players returning this season all got time on the court during matches.
Leading the 2013 team will be senior captains and four-year players, Katie VanBruggen and Taylor Black. Both girls were named to the All-Bayside Conference Second Team in 2012.
Zimmer said the Seahawks look up to their captains, who are leaders on and off the court.
“Definitely the experience will help (to lead the squad) and being able to bond with the girls and knowing their strengths and their weaknesses…,” Black said. “The last two years we’ve come together and we’re really close and that definitely helps our game.”
Added VanBruggen, “I think we’re going to be good this year. Last year we kind of had [some] ups and downs, but this year we’re just trying to work out all our kinks and go farther than we did last year. I can’t wait for [the season] to start.”
Also back to compete are seniors Gabrielle Ortega, Samantha Quilter (libero/defensive specialist) and Kiley Cooke (2012 All-Bayside Honorable Mention) and junior Hannah Adkins (Honorable Mention).
Joining the squad this year are juniors Haley Trice and Kayla Heinz, both setters, Haley McDonough and Victoria Williams. Senior Ashley DePaul was a member of the Decatur soccer team the last two fall seasons, but in 2013, she will play volleyball.
“I want to see the girls continue to work hard and improve their skills every day and that effort will show on the court,” Zimmer said.