KINGMAN - The first-ever varsity season ended for the Lee Williams High Lady Volunteers Tuesday with a 25-5, 25-14, 25-15 win over Telesis at LWHS. Finishing the 2014 campaign at 8-7 is a good foundation for the program's future.
Without a senior on the squad, the team can have everybody return next year.
"I'm looking forward to the future with these girls," said LWHS coach Traci Rosenbach. "And the future of the program."
Rosenbach said she could see that each player's skill level improved over the course of the season, but it was how the Lady Vols grouped together that encouraged the coach the most.
"I noticed the last couple of weeks that we peaked as a team," she said. "They got better as a team by figuring out the connections on the court. They have to work together to get better as a team."
An encouraging aspect for Lee Williams is that setter Sadie Snay is one of eight freshmen or sophomores on the roster. "Everything we did on the court revolved around Sadie," Rosenbach said. "She's learned how to lead the team."
Snay saw marked improvement by the Lady Vols from when they began the season to the end.
"We played in a tournament early on against a lot of Phoenix teams, and we got crushed," the freshman said. "Now, we can compete against some of them."
A season like this teaches a young squad the level of competition required to land a playoff spot in Arizona volleyball. The top 16 in each division make the playoffs, and Lee Williams will finish around No. 37.
"It was a learning year for the girls," Rosenbach said. "We were so young, I think we expected to win a few more matches. But we learned from those, and we got better because of those who beat us."