Expectations haven't changed for PCS volleyballBy CAMAL PETRO,
Every season the PCS volleyball program has been in existence, it has either won a state championship or was runner-up. After losing four seniors and gaining a new coach, the expectations remain the same.
“They’re high every year, especially with the history that we have,” first-time head coach Jacob Morgan said. “Our girls, this senior group, is one of the only couple who have come through where volleyball has been their main sport all throughout their years. They’re solid and we’re deep.”
Morgan has been on the job barely two months, but he’s crammed in as much volleyball as he could leading up to the season. In June, PCS lost it head coach, so the school was in scramble mode with not a lot of options. Morgan never worked as an assistant coach for the Lady Bobcats’ program in an official capacity, but the school knew he was a good option.
“It kind of turned into ‘If you want to do it, you can do it. If not, it’s going to be really hard to find a coach,’” Morgan recalled. “I knew all of these girls and I had a great relationship with most of them from just being around them at schools, so it felt good stepping in and being able to take on this role. It’s been really good so far.”
Morgan played throughout college with friends, traveling to tournaments in New Orleans and Florida, so he knew the game pretty well. Once he was hired, PCS sent him to a Gold Medal Squared Clinic in North Carolina to learn ever more.
A deep senior class and a young, talented sophomore group lead the Lady Bobcats in 2017. They lost four starting seniors from last season, but Morgan believes he has the girls to replace the talent, adding it’s a mix between senior players and the younger group.
Senior Kinley Yawn is entering her third season as a starter playing on the outside, and senior Addison Brown is back in the middle.
“(Yawn) is going to be a huge contributor,” Morgan said. “Addison Brown is huge for us. When she jumps, she gets her head over the net. Having that presence on the net is an intimidating factor.”
Sophomore left-handed Caroline Azar will hit on the right side, and Joan Jakab and Emily Lambert will split time at libero. The Lady Bobcats will play a 6-2 rotation, meaning they’ll use two setters on the floor, and Olivia Barker and Lucy Moore will play setter.
Morgan said a couple of sophomores will get a bunch of playing time, but most of players will play junior varsity to gain experience and be prepared for the next two years.
“They’re going to be getting a bunch of minutes and experience, and then in next two years, it’s theirs. There are no seniors next year, and it’s a solid group. We actually scrimmaged our varsity versus our JV toward the end of practice, and it was a pretty close game.”