Ashley Powers spikes the ball over the net during the scrimmage. Photo by Kate Jacobsen
By James Howey
After coming out of the gate ranked number three in the nation, it’s very clear that the Cavs don’t rebuild, they simply reload. Even after losing nine players from a team that placed third at nationals last season head volleyball Coach Jennifer Ei knows that expectations are still sky high for her cavaliers.
“It really has to do with the kind of tradition that we have and the culture that we’ve brought here and even each year we lose a ton of people we still try to recruit as good if not better.” Ei said, “That really helps keep that atmosphere high.” The Cavs do have three returning sophomores who will help lead the Cavs though the season. Number ten Bri Pontious plays outside right side.
“She is more of a lead by example.” Ei said, “She’s got a powerful swing so she is going to lead a lot offensively.” Number four Alexis Hartzorg is the squad’s libero.
“She is our vocal leader, our energy and our heart and soul.” Ei said.
Number one Jordan Halsey who also plays Libero, boasts similar skills to Hartzorg.
“She is her mini other and they both have that ball control that we need in order to run an offense.” Ei said. Look for the new additions to the Cavs to make an impact as well.
“They come from talented backgrounds. They’re hard works.” Ei said, “I’m really excited because they are very versatile a lot of them can play different positions.” It’s clear to see that the squad is ready to build on the elaborate tradition of the program.
“We have so much talent on this team and everyone gets along and we mesh really well together.” Hartzorg said, “I think this might even be better than last year.” The Cavs went 2-1 in the Iowa Western Tournament and will have their home opener Wed. 5:30 p.m. against Labette Community College.
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