By Nolan Sheow
La Cañada’s Varsity Volleyball team started off their pre-season with a series of unofficial scrimmages last month. Although the scrimmages yielded rough results, Head Coach Chris Sullivan continues to have high hopes for the team.
“We have struggles at times, but the adversity is good for us. We are building, growing, and getting better every single day," said Coach Sullivan, who is currently entering his very first year as varsity coach.
After losing many talented seniors last year, the team had to reassign leadership roles. Taking the place of previous team captains Megan Arnold, Taylor Page, Loren Shin, and Leigh Sclafani, defensive specialist Julia Harbolt and outside/opposite hitter Megan Reilly stepped up to the job.
“I am really looking forward to the leadership role that I can take on for the team,” said Megan about being a new captain.
Although the entire team has played volleyball before, Coach Sullivan believes they still have a lot to work on.
“We are a young team, and we are still learning how to play at this level,” he said.
The team lost nine seniors last year, so the majority of the team consists of sophomores.
One of the new additions to the team, setter Hailey Belcher, commented on taking the spot of recently graduated setter Leigh Sclafani.
“There are big shoes to fill, but I am excited to play the position,” Hailey said.
Sister of volleyball stud, Connor Belcher, Hailey said that the expectations are "sky high".
This season holds a lot of potential for the Spartans, and the players are looking forward to the upcoming season.
“We hope to do well in league and qualify for CIF," said Coach Sullivan, "They don't give up. With that kind of perseverance and attitude, I know that no matter what they're going to fight through adversity and work hard."
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