Graduating half of their roster a season ago, the Lady Lightning will look for contributions and improvements from their young players throughout 2019. Three seniors, however, return in Hope Hagara, …
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Graduating half of their roster a season ago, the Lady Lightning will look for contributions and improvements from their young players throughout 2019.
Three seniors, however, return in Hope Hagara, Grace Valdez and Ally Beilman hoping to lead the charge for a highly-competitive group.
“It’s extremely important for those three seniors to step up,” second-year coach Nicole Coffey said last week. “We are going to be extremely young this year, so we are going to need them to lead by example and teach the other ones (players) about what’s up with the program and how to help run the program.”
In her first season at the helm for Legacy last year, Coffey’s team went a respectable 11-14 overall. But their 6-6 record in conference play is what stands out in a well-balanced 5A Front Range League that includes Fossil Ridge (21-4 overall), Fort Collins (21-4) and Rocky Mountain (20-7).
As a talented, incoming freshmen class is expected to hit the ground running with vacant spots on the roster, going up against the best doesn’t intimidate the Legacy girls, who are hungry to compete.
“We have a great incoming freshman group coming in. We probably have 10-12 freshman coming in that have been playing club, sand (volleyball). It’s awesome, and I’m super excited about them coming in,” Coffey said. “I don’t know exactly where they are going to fit yet, but I’m very excited for that group.”
She’s looking forward to seeing how her younger players match up.
“It’s really going to be a teaching year for these younger girls to see what we are up against in those bigger, more experienced teams,” Coffey said. “For them (young players) to see it when they are young and learn from it now, I think is very important.”
She’s also expects leadership from the team’s elders.
“I think the girls we have returning, and the few we have coming up, they are competitors,” Coffey said. “They want to see that skill level and play against it, so I’m super excited to see what they can do against them, especially this young.”
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