By Frank Smith
San Manuel Miner
The San Manuel Lady Miners varsity volleyball team is ready to improve at the net in the upcoming 2013 season. Eight year Head Coach Deanne Brewer along with assistants Bethany Smith and Angela Sierra will show the ladies the way back to net.
The Top Returners for the Lady Miners are Ani Robles and Angelica Zuniga who are the top ranked middle blockers in the state; also returning is Mireya Tamayo as the libero; Felicia Gomez started as the setter last year and will reclaim the position; Brittany Allison and Ana Zuniga will fill in the position as the outside hitters from last season.
The Top Newcomers to this year’s team are Julia Velasquez – setter/hitter, Lyana Waddell – defensive specialist/hitter, Kadi Monfred – defensive specialist/hitter, and Ashley Vargas – setter/hitter.
“We are really gelling well considering we only have two weeks under our belt. I have high hopes this year. I think we can finish in the top of our section.” Coach Brewer said. “Our strength is definitely in the front row, Felicia Gomez does a great job setting, but we like her to hit when she comes to the front row. We need to find another starting setter that is aggressive…right now we have setting skills but we aren’t taking charge in that position. The setter is basically your quarterback in volleyball.”
Brewer continued, “Our back row just needs time…we will get there. These girls have great cohesiveness…maybe because they have the softball title…anyway its’ working and I know we are just going to get better! I am looking forward to a great season!”
The Lady Miners will open up the season on the road at San Miguel on Sept. 3, with the JV playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity taking to the net at 6 p.m.