Hickman volleyball looks to new season with upbeat expectations

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | 11:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Hickman volleyball team started its season Thursday night with the annual Purple and Gold Game. The Kewpies put on a good show for the fans that attended, and they are hoping to make that a habit for the rest of the season.

It will probably take some work, though, after the team fell short of expectations last season and lost more than half its games.

The team is also young. After seven seniors last year graduated, the Kewpies have only two seniors this year, co-captains Sarah Miller and Kimberly Lake. 

“We’re all kind of falling into the right spots," Lake said. "That’s not to say we don’t have things to work on, but this is a group of girls that has the drive and motivation to be better.”

Hickman coach Greg Gunn said the Kewpies are entering the season with a “cautious optimism,” especially if his players continue to work hard and focus on their current flaws.

Miller, who played for Columbia Volleyball Club with many of the other girls this spring, feels they are well experienced playing together and is excited to have started the season off right.

“Tonight was a new beginning in time for our team to gel,” Miller said.

The Kewpies will be in action Tuesday night at home when they face the Hannibal Pirates.

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