Dover — The Western Boone volleyball team had a historic campaign in 2011, registering a 31-4 record as well as conference and sectional championships.
Now with only one key contributor gone from that team, that goals are even higher for the Stars.
“We definitely have high expectations,” Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson said. “We knew that right after last season ended and then this summer. We can build off last season. We only lost one senior and that is not as hard to fill as in previous years.”
The key to the Stars success last year was a strong sophomore class that had six key contributors.
Now juniors, that expectations continue to grow.
“It is a big step (that they have taken),” Lawson said. “Some people are thinking this junior class is going to stay here forever because they have so much experience. We are lucky enough of just saying last year that we were a young team that was building, but now we have to meet that potential and go out and prove that we are one of the best teams out there.”
The two big keys are Lydia Climer and Emily Harrison.
Climer shattered the single-season assists record last year, registering 904 assists. More than half of those went to Harrison, who recorded 460 kills and 119 solo blocks.
“They have been setting and hitting with each other since fifth grade, so they have formed a quick relationship and that bond that helps them,” Lawson said. “They can just look at each other and know what needs to happen. That makes them irreplaceable.
“It is incredible the records they broke last year. Now they have to be motivated to break their own records and not just settle for what they have.”
There is plenty of help for Climer and Harrison.
For more of this story, read Thursday’s Lebanon Reporter.