For the Tecumseh Lady Braves, expectations couldn't be any higher for this year's volleyball team.
The Lady Braves are returning a full crop of girls who are hungry after their disappointing end to last year's season.
Tecumseh finished last season with a 21-5 record but couldn't make it out of their sectionals after having to play a scrappy NE Dubois team in the first game and had to play later that afternoon against Springs Valley. The prior year they had gone all the way to semi-state.
"It was a huge letdown for us," Tecumseh coach Kate Johnson said. "We played in tough sectional and didn't have the steam to get it down. It just made them hungry to come back this year."
The Lady Braves certainly have the
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personnel to make another deep run in the tournament. While they did lose some athleticism in Whitney Bogan and Maddie Duncan, they have most of the nucleus of their team returning.
Not many teams can boast having two all-state players returning to their lineup like the Lady Braves can. Breanna Metzger and Chloe Holder both are returning after receiving this honor which could put Tecumseh as one of the favorites to compete for state. Metzger had 357 kills last year while Holder had 294.
"Our goals this year it to play better as a team and get to state," Metzger said.
Other key players returning include libero Gracee Sullivan, outside hitter Payge Lemen, and middle hitter Dalina Mayer.
"We're hoping for a lot more than what we got last year," Johnson said. "The end of the year is what matters most and we didn't get it done."