The Gulf Coast Lady Commodore volleyball squad is young, but optimistic. The team boasts nine freshman and two sophomore transfers, while returning just three sophomores from last years 25-match win team, the most in school history.
One of the returning sophomores is Nicole Holton, who led the team last year with 230 kills, and was an All-Conference selection. Holton said despite their young roster, she's confident in what this team can accomplish.
"We have a taller, bigger team then we did last year," she said at practice Friday. "They are young, but they have a ton of talent. We have a girl from Puerto Rico, we have a girl from Austria. It's different playing with other people, because it's getting used to getting something new, but we all have a lot to learn, especially the younger girls, but with a little bit more training, we'll be ready."
Head Coach Kyle Peck added that while having nine freshman on a roster may be a little intimidating, the girls will be forced to grow up fast.
"Our incoming freshman, there's a handful that are going to see a lot of starting action this year and play in most of the matches," he said. "You can't really gauge experience, the only way you can get experience is to have it. Hopefully, we can make them sophomores come October."
The Lady Dores take the court Saturday, August 17th in an Alumni game, with the regular season starting Friday the 23rd. To check out their full schedule, click here.