BRIGHTON — Five members of Eagle Ridge Academy’s volleyball team – including three starters and the first player off the bench – graduated from the team that went 15-8 a season ago.
On first glance, though, it would seem like the Warriors have enough depth to make those losses a moot point.
Four seniors are on the preliminary roster. They are Hannah Williams (three kills per set and a .534 hitting percentage); Amber Cline (56 total kills and a .409 hitting percentage); Ellie Lewis (four aces and 15 assists last season); and Jordyn Cox (three kills and two aces in limited duty). Coach Stephanie Hose has two juniors on board, too, in Sidney Benson (99 kills and a .541 hitting percentage) and Brianna Evans.
“These girls form the core of a strong varsity squad,” Hose said. “We also have a large, incoming freshman class led by Lexi Cox.”
Seventeen members of the team went to a camp at the University of Northern Colorado in July.
“The girls played well at the camp, and we have identified areas for improvement,” Hose said. “One of the highlights of camp was playing against Eaton, the defending 3A champ that beat us last year in regionals.”
Eagle Ridge beat James Irwin Charter High School of Colorado Springs in the first round of the regional tournament. Eaton beat the Warriors in straight sets.
The new season begins at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 when the Warriors host Union Colony Prep. The first road game is Sept. 4 at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy.
“We feel confident going into the 2014 season,” Hose said. “But we still need to work hard to reach our team goals.”
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