Roaring Fork’s full of familiar faces
CARBONDALE – The pieces are all there. The question is how they will fit for Roaring Fork this season.Replacing graduated setter Carly Velasquez is the major concern Rams volleyball coach Karen Crownhart has been dealing with at preseason practice, where two candidates have surfaced.Senior Sarah Armstrong and junior Taylor Wagner having been considered for the team’s No. 1 setter. Crownhart said both could see duty at the position at the start of the year.
“Those are the two setters I have right now,” the coach said. “As the season moves on, something might change, but right now I’m pleased with the way things are going.”The rest of the lineup features familiar faces in seniors Ashley Jammaron and juniors Kali Chestnut and Erica Pelland in starting roles.”Having the same group is great,” Crownhart said. “You don’t have to go over the same things in practice and all the basic skills.”Newcomers that could see ample playing time include foreign-exchange student Isabella Volgger at weakside hitter along with a flock of youngsters that include sophomores Rebecca Robert, Celeste Commings and Cierra Bristol.
With so many returning veterans on board, Crownhart doesn’t expect to put many new wrinkles in, but did mention that she’d like to ratchet up the offense a bit.”We’re pretty much going to do the same things that we’ve done. But at the beginning of the season, we’re probably going to take a step backwards just to get the offense used to the new setters,” she said.Crownhart plans on using next week’s season-opening Demon Invitational Tournament as a lab to see how the team jells.
“I want to go in and … see how we work together. Winning and losing isn’t as big an importance as to let the girls try the rotations we have. “If they screw up, they need a few times to to get it right. We will use the tournament for that.”Once the transition is over, the Rams are primed for a deep run in the 3A playoffs.”(The team) wants to get back to districts again, and I think we can get out of regionals this year,” Crownhart said. “But we have to take it one step at a time.”
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