By Ray Conner
For second-year Lady Broncs head coach, Nathan Schultz, he knows the role to play at this level.
Schultz has a goal to make his players perform well at the junior varsity level in hopes of making the Kern Valley volleyball program a success at the varsity level.
He currently has 12 athletes on the Lady Broncs volleyball squad. There are one junior, six sophomores, and five freshmen.
He returns seven players this year, which gives him plenty of experience to do well on the court this season.
The lone junior on the team is a returner and so are all the sophomores. Kimmy Fogle is the junior, while Caley Osorio, Haily Martinez (10th grade co-captain), Summer Dourlain (10th grade co-captain), Madison Mariano, Mariana Gray, and Sheridan Muth are the sophomores.
Filling out the team are freshmen co-captains Haley Tedrow and Karlee Roseberry, along with Carolyn Harbaugh, Harli Bowen, and Kaila Gholson.
Shultz’ goal as the coach this season is to have his team gain the right experience to perform at the varsity level. He said, “Our goal is to experience significant team growth to prepare the players for competitive varsity level play.”
Following that up, his goal for his players is for them to achieve personal growth through team play. He commented, “Each player is provided with individual growth targets depending on their current skill set.”
When asked who the key losses from last year’s team were, Schultz was quick to point out that Sierra Klase, Brenna Acosta, Anne Keverline, and Lexi Baker were key to his team last season.
The potential athletes that have joined the team and can step in to help are Tedrow, Gholson, and Roseberry.
In the non-league portion of their schedule the coach wants to make sure his team knows the fundamentals of the game of volleyball. He said, “We are focusing on passing, setting, serving, and hitting.”
In the High Desert League the teams to beat will be Frazier Mountain and Rosamond.
He sees the strength of his team in their height and the experience of his players. He said, “We have a tall team, and they average about three years of experience playing volleyball.”
The areas that need work according to the coach are once again to perfect the fundamentals to become a team. Schultz said, “We need to continue to improve our basic skills.”
In closing Schultz said, “We are excited about the upcoming season, and we are working hard in practice to be competitive this season. We are confident that we will have a successful season, and we hope that you will come out and watch some exciting jayvee volleyball this year.”
With a mindset of team, fundamentals and growth, the Lady Broncs junior varsity volleyball team seems to be headed for a memorable season.