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It’s about having fun | Volleyball preview

September 11, 2013 · Updated 4:05 PM

At left, the Varsity volleyball team. Back row, left to right: Coach Greg Sasan, Zonia Darnall, Dana Sabine, Emily Nichols, Madi Jane West, Maddie White, Kilee Rogers, Halle Thompson, Assistant Coach Sada Ashcraft with her daughter Mia. Middle row, left to right: Melanie Flint, Bethany Hansen, Daria Stankevich, Hannah Gaydos, Arianna Dean, Rachel Brewer Bottom row, left to right: Pearl Mudd, Anneke Ivans, Lilly Miller, Lily Ater, Alenna Garcia, assistant coach Cara Peacock. Seated: Bella Nigretto and Alicia Susol. / Amy Masters photo


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Repeating a common theme with other Viking teams, girls volleyball Coach Greg Sasan has his work cut out for him for the 2014 season with only one returning varsity player out of the 13 that graduated last year.

“Alicia Susol, a senior, is the only returning varsity player and we are expecting good things from her,” he said. “We have some young players that have never played at the varsity level.”

The balance of the team includes two new seniors to volleyball, 14 returning sophomores and junior players and four freshmen.

But numbers are good with about 21 total players filling out both the varsity and junior varsity teams.

“We are young and excited. Our young players are our future,” says Sasan, who is hopeful that the varsity Vikings will do well in league play against powerful teams from Darrington, Friday Harbor and LaConner.

Sasan said his goals for the season are for the players to grow their skill in volleyball and enjoy themselves.

“I do demand a lot out of them, but we do want to make it fun for the kids, but we want to win too,” he said.


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