It may be a different season for the Peninsula Seahawks, if preseason camps are any indication.
Peninsula fared well during a tournament at the University of Portland, but the results were much different against competition closer to home at Auburn Mountainview, coach Ann Lovrovich said.
“We’re a mystery team,” Lovrovich said. “We truly are.”
While teams often have to figure out their identities this time of year, Peninsula is dealing with a few injuries and the possibility of a new offense.
“We’re going to run something a little different to fit the team a little better,” Lovrovich said. “We’ll do what’s best for the team to help us win some games.”
The Seahawks have some stability with senior setter Emily Stavig, a three-year starter who also may hit from the right side. Stavig was a captain last year.
“Emily is a great leader for our team,” Lovrovich said. “She’s very steady, and she works hard. She’s the first one here and the last one to leave.”
Stavig said there are a lot of underclassmen coming up this year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“The people who know their positions know them well,” she said. “Everybody is willing to learn; it’s a very coachable group.”
Senior outside hitter Kelly Anderson has been limited in practice because of a back injury, but Lovrovich hoped she’ll be able to return early in the season and have a big impact.
“Kelly will play all the way around,” Lovrovich said. “She’s really grown into a terrific young lady. She used to be really shy, but now she’s being assertive and leading the team around.”
Taylor Burdyshaw, a junior libero, and Georgie Harrison, a junior middle blocker, also are players to watch.
Stavig and Anderson said they learned a lot from last year’s seniors, and they want to provide the same kind of experience for the next class of up-and-coming players.
“We want to pass on our knowledge of the game and leadership skills so they have a strong team next year,” Anderson said.
Stavig pointed to Harrison’s work ethic and how it will benefit the Seahawks this fall.
“Georgie stands out a lot this year,” Stavig said. “We haven’t had a middle (blocker) who is as diverse with different hits, and that’s what she has.”
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