Blazers prepare for season
After graduating four-season varsity setter captain Amanda Hsiung to a 5-7 season, the coed volleyball team will have to make a "tough adjustment," according to coach John Mott. Mott also believes, though, that the leadership of Tina Yang and Yicong Liu, the only two returning seniors, and newcomers freshman setter Julie Zhu and sophomore Carl Burton, who the Blazers believe will lead in the baseline attack, will be able to get the team to a better than .500 season and "strong showing at playoffs."
The two main obstacles the Blazers may face are their height deficiency and lack of male members (only four boys attended the first two days of tryouts when six members on the team would be ideal). Even with the current shortfalls, Mott and Yang are optimistic; Mott thinks this team looks much like last year's, which lost the first five matches but won five of the last seven, and will be able to adapt to any problems and excel as the season progresses. Yang sees the girls as being short but skilled enough to hold together with an exceptionally solid defense.
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