(Park Hills) The West County Bulldog volleyball team won 20 games last year before losing to the eventual state champion, Jefferson, in the playoffs. Last year’s team had five seniors, and according to head coach Katie Rawson, there are only seven girls on the roster entering this year. The team will need to be mentally tough to overcome their lack of depth.
The senior class consists of three girls: Isabella Skaggs, Kylie Spivey, and Mia Owens, who missed the last two seasons. They have been the leaders of the team, but everyone has been able to step up.
Kaytlen Hartley is a player Coach Rawson plans to give an increased role. She was forced into varsity action midway through last season, and she’s only gotten better since then.
Coach Rawson believes that the youth of this team has a bright future.
Despite it’s youth, the sense within the team is that they will still be competitive in the postseason. The potential of junior varsity callups might be enough to take the Bulldogs to the next level.
West County begins its season at home against Potosi on August 28th.