`Cat volleyball shows discipline

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Mount Si volleyball is sporting a fresh look and feel this year:

discipline. At the forefront of this new outlook is a new coach Bonnie Foote.

It may be Foote's first year coaching a varsity team, but she's not

lacking in experience. Foote joined the staff at Mount Si, teaching

physical education and psychology. Her volleyball experience includes coaching

the junior-varsity team at Kentlake, as well as numerous years playing at

both the high-school and community-college levels.

"It is so exciting to be at this school where I am coaching and

teaching," said Foote. "We are really going

to promote it, but I think the kids are really going to get into it. I love it so

far, and am very excited."

Assisting Foote is JV coach Kelly Lake. Renee Tredo will take the

"C" team.

The numbers for the program are also up this year. "We had 35 that

tried out for all three teams, and we have had a couple injured that had to

drop off," said Foote. "So with that, we

have 11 on "C" team, 11 on JV and 10 on varsity right now."

Top returners for the season are Heather Lewis (5-foot-7,

senior), Stephanie Sales (6-foot-2, junior) and Kristen Everett (5-foot-11,

junior). Newcomers to the varsity ranks will include Jaymee Horstman,

(5-foot-8, junior), Dana Luizzo (5-foot-8, senior), Lyndsey Hyatt (5-foot-8,

junior), Jaclyn Boals (5-foot-7, freshman), Katie Bankson (5-foot-5,

junior), Christina Strakele (5-foot-5, junior) and Randilinn Cason,

(5-foot-7, sophomore).

With the new coach has come a new sense of enthusiasm. "She

(Foote) is really solid and sticks to what she says," said Lewis. "She knows a

lot and has coached a lot. She is teaching me stuff and has come out with all

this stuff.

"You go through a lot of coaches, and when you can find one that

knows a lot, you can tell. I'm really happy for the young people, and happy

they have the opportunity to work with a coach that will teach them,

"Lewis said.

But tips and tricks alone do not make a volleyball team better,

and Foote knows it. In addition to the latest techniques come hard work.

"I have real high expectations just because I think we have a lot of

talent," said Foote. "It's just a matter

of putting it all together. I think the biggest thing with this team is that

they don't have a lot of fundamentals, so we are beating fundamentals

into them. We ran a clinic the first two weeks, just fundamentals. In the

past, the teams that I have coached have been fundamentally sound. That's

due to them starting at a very young age.

"I think that it's important to set real high standards, and I brought

that to this program from the beginning. We all look the same, we all wear

practice jerseys … we are disciplined and we are very structured. I think the

kids are buying into that, they like it,"

added Foote.

But coaching in Kingco will also be a new experience for her.

Team depth is always an issue, and the young players will have their work cut

out for them.

"We are young and inexperienced," said Foote. "I have four

girls that played club in the offseason. Where I have coached before,

everyone played club volleyball. I think the more you play the better you will

be — you don't have to play club but it is only going to make you better."

"I think we will go far with this team. We are working hard, and

that's going to get us there. I want to share what I know and make us better,"

said Lewis, who was echoed by another teammate.

"I think we are going to do well in the league. It's unbelievable, how

enthusiastic she (Foote) is," said Everett.

The team's enthusiasm is apparent, and with that enthusiasm will

come added commitment from the players. That commitment will be key to

the `Cats' chances at finishing high, and it will be tested at their second

match at Interlake, Sept. 12.

At a glance:

Head coach: Bonnie Foote, first year

Assistants: Kelly Lake and Renee Tredo

Top returners: Heather Lewis, senior, Stephanie Sales, junior

and Kristen Everett, junior.

Top newcomers: Dana Luizzo, senior, Lyndsey Hyatt, junior,

Jaymee Horstman, junior, Jaclyn Boals, freshman, Katie Bankson, junior,

Christina Strakele, junior, Randilinn Cason, sophomore.

Outlook: Young talent, but a renewed level of enthusiasm will

be contagious, supporting player commitment and taking the team to

the upper levels of KingCo.

Volleyball Schedule:

JV and "C" teams start at 5 p.m., varsity begins at 6:30p.m.

Bold indicates home matches.

Sept. 12, Interlake

Sept. 14, at Cedarcrest

Sept. 19, Sammamish

Sept. 21, at Liberty

Sept. 26, Newport

Sept. 28, at Mercer Island

Oct. 3, at Issaquah

Oct. 5, Bellevue

Oct. 10, at Sammamish

Oct. 12, Liberty

Oct. 17, at Skyline

Oct. 19, Interlake

Oct. 24, Cedarcrest

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