Rifle volleyballready for season
By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffThere’s a fresh look to Rifle High volleyball this year.With a new coach in Geneva Farr and a revamped roster of eager youngsters along with the leadership of three seniors, the Bears are hoping to return to the top of the Western Slope League standings after 2003’s subpar 4-17 record.”These girls have a deep heart and a desire to learn new things,” Farr said of the team, which opens the season tonight at home against Grand Junction, of the Class 5A Southwestern League.Farr’s major focus in the early season, she said, is for the Bears to learn the game rather than worry about wins or losses.”It’s all learning at this point, but I see desire in the team as a whole,” Farr noted.Montanah Matthies is the lone returning starter back from last year’s club. She returns as the Bears’ primary middle hitter. Joining her in the starting lineup are fellow seniors Stephanie Samson, at outside hitter, and defensive specialist Megan Donohoue.The rest of the starters have yet to be determined. But, Farr has junior Brittanie Conorady penciled in as the No. 1 setter with Kelly and Kendra Mugford also seeing significant playing time.After tonight’s match, the Bears plow right into WSL play Thursday evening against neighboring Glenwood Springs.
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