BUTTE – Although the season isn’t over, the Butte Central Maroons volleyball team already has something to look forward to next season.
With no seniors on the team, the Maroons will welcome back all 12 members of a team team that finished the Southwestern A district tournament in fourth place. Most teams rely on some sort of senior leadership to get through the tough stretches of the season, but head coach Becky Hancock loves having a young, hard-working team without a single senior.
“We don’t really have that senior leadership, so it’s exciting to see, building a program, to see their athleticism and the work they do to get better,” said Hancock.
Like any good team, getting better starts with having a great team chemistry. If there’s one thing the Maroons have, it’s exactly that.
“Just that we’ll have the same team and the same aspects, and I think we can just keep building on the same relationship we already have and keep advancing. We’re all just really good friends, so I think it helps us play better as a team,” said junior Cassidy Strizic.
“They have fun together,” Hancock said. “Chemistry wise, I think that’s really important to a success of a team, and they have that chemistry together. They have the skill sets, you have the skills on top of that, and they’re just a fun team to watch.”
The biggest thing the Maroons will have to fix heading forward is their consistency on the court and limiting their mistakes, but their drive to be successful puts them on the right track.
“They make up for that with the want to win, they have that competitive edge,” Hancock said. “That’s the exciting part to see, is that squad’s competitive edge, coming back when they’re down, finishing games, and I haven’t seen a team quite like this.”