The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Volleyball preview: Players bring months of preparation to the court


August 30, 2016

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL team members are in front, from left, Gracie Olson and Sunhee Bitter. In second row, from left, are Assistant Coach Shauna Baxter, Caylie Trewin, Samantha Hutchins, Kelika Aiona, Natasha Rasmussen and Kylie Armstrong. In rear, from left, are Alana VanEck, Madi Barringer, Kayley Lopez, Ally Tow, Brianna Hoffman and Head Coach Mary Hutchins.

This year’s focus for the Sweet Home volleyball program is: finishing.

That’s as in, putting opponents away rather than getting off to a promising start in matches and then letting the other team back in and watching it slip away with a win.

“It’s going to be mental toughness,” said second-year Head Coach Mary Hutchins.

The Huskies are coming off a tie with Junction City for fourth place in the Sky-Em Conference (4-6 in league, 6-11 overall) last year in what ended up to be a tough season all around, starting with a month of games on the road. They didn’t play at home until...

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