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After breakthrough season, BSHS volleyball seeks winning record

September 1, 2011

A year after surging to 17 victories, the Bonner Springs High School volleyball team hopes to make the necessary strides to become even more competitive and post a winning record this season.

Heather Campbell is entering her fifth season with the Braves program and third as the head coach.

Although it’s early, Campbell has pin-pointed what the Braves must improve upon to accomplish their goals and try to make a postseason run.

“Our passing has to be perfect every time,” Campbell said. “We work almost every day on a drill called “Perfection,” in which we continue until a certain number of perfect passes has been met. We need perfect passes every time the ball comes on our side of the net, and it shouldn’t matter if it comes from a serve, hit or free ball.”

BSHS has six returning letter-winners this season, which is a good sign for a team that hopes to improve upon last year’s 17-19 record.

Of the top-returning players, Campbell pointed out junior setter and left-side hitter Haley Hoffine as someone the Braves will need to perform at a high level. Hoffine was an honorable mention All-Kaw Valley League selection last year.

Senior middle hitter Madison Scott also will be counted on both offensively and defensively, as well as junior left-side hitter Jene’ Williams.

Earlier this summer, Campbell preached fundamentals to her squad so the Braves would be ready for the season. Now she has some realistic expectations for the fall, including finally getting over the .500 mark.

She also hopes to finish in the top half of the Kaw Valley League and win the Wyandotte County Tournament.

As far as the new faces on the team, Campbell sees senior middle hitter and blocker Erica Wilson stepping into the lineup and filling a key role on the front line.

Campbell pointed to Lansing, Mill Valley and Tonganoxie as the teams to beat in the Kaw Valley League.

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