Brethren volleyball hopes to make up for lack of size

Brethren’s Megan Cordes bumps the ball during the Bobcats’ volleyball practice on Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Megan Cordes bumps the ball during the Bobcats’ volleyball practice on Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren volleyball is back in the gym preparing for the upcoming volleyball season. The team doesn’t have a lot of height, but it has an abundance of well-rounded and tenacious players who should be able to keep the opposition guessing.

“They’re not big,” said Bobcats head coach Jody Powell. “They’re not tall. But the main thing I have this year is all my utility players. Solid. Balanced in every skill. But they weren’t a big hitter or a big blocker. They just were all the way across the board.”

The loss of Mariah Pringle to graduation is a big loss for the team. Powell hopes that keeping opposing teams guessing by not focusing on establishing one player at the net will go a long way in making up for Pringle’s absence.

“Now we’re going to have to be balanced,” Powell said. “So, all the balls aren’t going to go to the middle all of the time. … Our setters are going to have to move it around, distribute better and establish more hitters.”

Powell expects her players to be scrappy and play with a lot of energy. She hopes the Bobcats become known as the team that doesn’t let up.

“I think they’re going to be a little — this sounds sort of silly, but — like little ankle-biters,” Powell said. “That little dog that just keeps coming at you. It’s not going to be big. It’s not going to be flashy. It’s just going to be clean, aggressive volleyball. It better be, because that’s what I want.”

Powell is excited to have the full team under one roof. They’ve been focusing on technique in these early practices, but already it’s starting to come together and they’re looking like a force to be reckoned with in the West Michigan D League.

“The nice part is we had done some work over the summer,” Powell said. “We had our volleyball camps that we did and we were short a couple people. So it was nice when we were complete (Wednesday). I have a core of eight players who I haven’t had all together yet. And then all of a sudden it just started to click.”

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