Most coaches would see 12 incoming freshmen as an impediment to success. Blaine head volleyball coach Sheli Moore is more enthusiastic.
“Twelve freshman making up half the team are experienced volleyball players, worthy newcomers to watch,” Moore said. “We look forward to helping each and every one of our players to reach their volleyball potential. We think we have an amazing group of young athletes.”
Yvonne Alvarez, tennis star Aubrie Hagen, Shannon Maxon and Claire Nelson are the four returning seniors called on to lead the younger players on the team.
“We’re looking forward to their hard work paying off,” Moore said. “They are positive leaders setting good examples in skills and character for the younger players.”
With formidable competition from league leaders Lynden Christian, Lynden, Anacortes and Burlington, Moore sees reason for optimism despite her team’s inexperience on the varsity level.
“This year’s team has a great start coming into the gym with solid performance of basic skills,” Moore said.
Moore sees the 2011 season as a building year for the Borderites.
“We’ve been working on keeping our attitudes positive and being mentally prepared for the competition,” Moore said. “We believe our strength will be noticed by the commitment to team.”
The Borderites open their season at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, with a home match against Bellingham.