The Calhoun Sandies varsity volleyball begins a new era under new head coach Jenna Buzek.
Buzek was the head coach at Industrial for four seasons and was in the playoffs in all four of those seasons, advancing to the state quarterfinals last season.
Buzek spoke about starting on a new team, and she said it’s about her players getting to know her and her getting to know them.
Buzek said it’s not just about her players adapting to her but more her adjusting to them on how they play and react.
Last year the Sandies season ended with an early exit in the first round of the playoffs, and one of Buzek goals for the season is to help the team advance further.
“The girls have so much potential and making them realize what they can do is essential,” Buzek said.
She adds that can mean getting more sets in a game individually or advancing past the first and second rounds of the playoffs as a team.
Buzek talked about the team’s strengths, and she said her team displays impressive volleyball skills by having good hitters, playing good defense, and exhibiting good passing.
As for weaknesses for her team, Buzek said these are the things that her players have to overcome with communication, leadership, and a strong mental game.
“Those are the weaknesses for any team…that stuff is hard to coach; that has to come from the individual,” Buzek said.
Buzek inherited six seniors from last year’s team. Five of them were members of last year’s playoff team, and Buzek said it’s huge to have that many seniors.
The seniors have to be leaders for the younger group Buzek said. She added, when they are gone, it’s a whole new group.
“It’s good to have them because they are a great group of girls,” Buzek said. “They get excited, and they have great leadership skills,” Buzek added.
Reigning team MVP Cayori Williams returns for her senior year, and her expectation is winning first in district.
As one of the leaders, Williams said she expects the new faces on the team to play their best and get wins.
Reigning Blocker of the Year, Junior Jacy Hroch, also returns to the team.
Hroch will play with Williams the five other seniors one last time, and she said it means a lot to play with them one last year, and she added they try their hardest in every game.
The Sandies are 8-4 this season and tipped off their district match on the road against Victoria East.
Calhoun takes on Corpus Christi Carroll in its home opener Tuesday, September 3.
The game starts at 6 p.m.