By Sydney Fehr
New Year. New Team. New Seasonthat is off to a great start for the Redhawk Volleyball Team with a 9-1 record. After losing six Seniors (four of whom where starters) many young Redhawk ladies had to step up their game to give the 2010 Varsity Volleyball team a fresh new look. Returning varsity players Erin Herink, Chelsea Dinsdale, Allison Zobel, and Amanda Howard are back and ready for another year. When asked what their expectations or goals were for this year, Seniors Erin Herink and Amanda Howard replied, "I hope we have another great and successful season this year and hopefully win our conference," (Herink). Amanda Howard replied, "I want to show our community that the Redhawks have still got it, and go farther in the post season than we have ever gone before!" The girls have fresh determination and ambitious goals this year, but that's not all that's new to the team.
After helping the volleyball program out last year, Stan Upah has now been added to the North Tama staff of 2010 as head volleyball coach, assisting him this year is Holly Aldridge. When asked what he expects of this season, Coach Upah replied, "I want to see a team that depends on each other, trusts each other, works with each other, and focuses more on being good role models." Assistant Coach Holly Aldridge says, "I would like my players to become better mental players, better physical players, and to overall become better people from this experience." Coaches Upah and Aldridge challenge their players to do their very best on the court and then give that extra 10% to push themselves to the very limit all the time. Each player of the volleyball team strives to "Learn to become the best version of yourself!"
It's clear that the North Tama Volleyball team is competing to do much more than just win games this year. These young ladies have new faces, new goals, and much to prove in the oncoming season. New to the Varsity team this year: (Juniors) Sydney Fehr, Emily Pargeon, (Sophomores) Christy Calderwood, Aryn Isenhower, Emma Knoop, Shannon Stuart, Rachel Rohach, and (Freshman) Josie Youel. The Redhawks travel to a tournament at Linn-Marr this Saturday. Next week they travel to Dunkerton on Tuesday night and gear up to defeat the CAL Cadets for Homecoming Thursday Sept. 16th. The Redhawk Volleyball team hopes to see you there.