Tuscola volleyball, coached by Pam Bryant, is on track for a competitive 2019 season. Both the JV and Varsity teams share the same goals and have been given some pretty high expectations from Bryant, who is returning for her fourth season at Tuscola. This season’s success will be measured in a few ways, the most important being if Tuscola can accomplish the task of getting two wins against its local rival, Pisgah.
There are a few ways Bryant plans to execute these goals. Two new faces will be participating in the upcoming season, foreign exchange students all the way from Italy and Brazil. Even though these girls have not been placed on JV or varsity yet, Bryant is excited for the cultural experience they will bring to her team.
“There’s nobody set in a position. We will have a lot of depth this year. It’s nice to have options because if we get in a jam we will be able to pull other players,” Bryant said.
With these new additions, Bryant is ready for her girls to be contenders in the conference this year.
“Definitely want to finish in the top three of the conference. We are looking to get over 14 wins and our biggest goal is to beat Pisgah twice,” Bryant said. “Both varsity and JV have these goals in mind. I think it’s important to incorporate these goals in the whole program.”
Bryant also explained how this year will be different compared to the previous season. She believes the team is moving in a positive direction and may catch the conference a little off guard.
“I’m really looking forward to the fact that we are going to be a young and athletic team. Both teams are very eager and very athletic. This just brings a lot of energy to the gym. It’s just exciting to see how it all plays out. I think we’re going to surprise a few teams this year.”
Tuscola will be carried by three seniors: Emma Johnson, Julia Mulhern, and Makelah Ward. Bryant expects that these seniors’ experience from varsity and their leadership will help the team tremendously this season.
The JV team will be led by Abbey Webster, Hannah Clark and Kielynn Cockrell.
“Our focus is building a program,” Bryant said. “We want to win but we also want to build this program for our student athletes. We want them to be proud to represent Tuscola.”
With both JV and varsity setting specific goals, Tuscola volleyball should be an exciting group to watch in 2019.