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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Seniors key to Hawks’ success

By Aaron Viner | Aug 18, 2014
Photo by: Aaron Viner Mid-Prairie senior Taylor Kurtz (left) attempts a kill against two Highland blockers during a scrimmage on Thursday.

In terms of varsity playing time, the Mid-Prairie volleyball team doesn’t have much in the way of returners.
However, seven seniors will be on the squad in 2014, and they will be eager to change their fortunes from a 6-24 campaign last season.
“We only return three girls who have true varsity experience, but I have seven seniors, so there is experience there,” Mid-Prairie head coach Cindy Miller said. “I think our biggest thing, starting off the season, is just togetherness, learning where everyone is going and positions. It’s still so early in the season that you don’t truly have positions figured out yet.”
Mid-Prairie’s top returner will be senior Taylor Kurtz, who led the team with 161 kills and a .176 kill efficiency. She also tied for the team lead in serve efficiency (min. 100 serves) and led the way in blocks.
The other top returners are Ashley Miller, second on the team in 2013 with 138 kills, and tied for the team high in digs, as well as the second most serves, while Ashley Sojka finished third on the team in assists, as well as finishing the year with a .974 serving percentage.
“I can already see the girls stepping up in open gym and the leadership coming on,” Miller said. “Even though they weren’t starters, they were on the bench and were learning everything that was going on last year. We had some things to overcome from previous years, and those girls started the mark and I already feel we are on an up slope.”
One of Miller’s top goals for the squad is to see improved serving and to out-hustle the other teams.
“We always have a goal of over 90 percent serving, and we want to work on our hitting efficiency,” Miller said. “A big thing is that we want to out-hustle other teams, and if we can’t do it at the net, we are going to do it on the floor. We’ve really been working on a lot of digging.”
Mid-Prairie will open its season at the Keota tournament on Aug. 25

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