Last year, Remsen St. Mary’s volleyball went 20-7 bowing out in the regional semifinals. It was the first time the Hawks had won 19 or more matches since winning 19 in 2001. This year, the Hawks return a ton of hungry athletes looking to prove that they have what it takes to compete. Head Coach Stacy Bunkers says that hunger leads them to work hard and be willing to change to be successful.
Coach Bunkers says the girls have responded well to changes in positions.
The only change in the lineup due to graduation is the loss of Gracyn Schroeder leaving a second void in the setting position. The Hawks run a 6-2 rotation meaning they need someone to step up and fill that second setting void. Coach Bunkers says she has many girls who have been willing to step up.
That willingness to step up has shown itself in other positions on the court allowing Coach Bunkers to see all the potential her team has.
Remsen St. Mary’s has a hurdle to get over this season, and that is beating an upper-tier, ranked opponent. The Hawks got five opportunities at ranked teams last year and went 0-5 in those matches. Coach Bunkers says the girls did show improvement last year. That improvement showed in the confidence they played with every night.
As the season quickly approaches, Coach Bunkers says the Hawks have things to work on both offensively and defensively before starting competition.
Remsen St. Mary’s will open their season with a triangular at River Valley on August 24.
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