CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee’s volleyball team looks to be dominant once again this upcoming season.
The Arrows have won the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Buckeye Division the past three years and seem to be poised for a fourth.
They return seven players from last year’s squad, including five seniors.
The seniors are led by Abby Woodard, Emma Walker, Adrianna Moore, Erica Halcomb, and Sidney Hibbard.
Sophomore Elise Walker, junior Madison Elkins, and junior Madison Mikesell round out the rest of the roster.
“The senior group has been playing volleyball since elementary school. They have invested much time and effort into getting where they are,” said head coach Kristy Cottingim. “This season could prove to be the best season yet in recent history. They have the skill. But we are not deep. We have eight players on the varsity roster.”
The team is not a very tall team by volleyball standards. But what they lack in the height department they make up for in versatility, aggressiveness, and smarts, says Cottingim.
The secret to the team’s success is that they don’t dwell on the past. They don’t dwell much on the future either, though.
“We live in the moment and I think we have had most of our success because of it. We talk pre-season about what we think our record will be and our wins and losses, but we don’t focus on that,” said Cottingim.
The Arrows recently beat powerhouse Fenwick, but even though it’s a big win for the program, the team isn’t going to hang their hats on that fact.
“Fenwick is behind us now. We aren’t going to focus the rest of our season on the fact that we beat Fenwick. We are moving on for what we have next and I think that works really well for the girls. Me as a coach, I don’t focus on ‘I have this many wins’ or ‘Last year was this.’ I just pretty much let it go after its over with,” added Cottingim.
The Arrows are off to a 4-0 start, beating the likes of Valley View, National Trail, and Eaton along with Fenwick.
“This year, we have much returning varsity experience. They girls worked hard in the summer to be ready at the beginning of the season. We are just taking each match one at a time and working hard to continue to improve and add to our game strategy,” said Cottingim.
This week, Shawnee hosted Madison on Tuesday. They will travel to Milton Union this Thursday.