Re-Loading The Ranks Over The Summer

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–With the lost of six seniors to graduation entering 2017, three in which were captains for the Cascade Lady Cougar Volleyball team, the question does become how do they re-load to make another Oregon West Conference title and another run in the 4A State Playoffs?

But, part of the answer comes from when your returning the OWC Player of the Year in Tori Lewis and other familiar names like Lexi Loukajarvi, Erica Mitchell and Kaeyln Worst leading the way and helping to mesh together with the new Varsity faces this summer; you can see the fact that Cascade is already seeing what they have before try-outs in August to make them yet another threat at the 4A-level in 2017.

“I have six returners and they have done such a great job taking that leadership role and just embracing the other girls to come in,” said Head Coach Cristina Williams. “Obviously we haven’t had try-outs, we have a few more positions to fill.  But I’ve been really impressed, we have height this year which is going to be fun to work this this year.”

One of the tall figures that Cascade has this upcoming year is the younger sister of Kaeyln Worst in Maddy Worst.

With Kaeyln, a soon-to-be-senior, at about five-nine, Maddy, a soon-to-be-sophomore, is pushing closer to six-feet-tall; but the younger Worst  knows that height isn’t necessarily everything.

“I really think it will (help),” said Worst on the height-advantage entering 2017. “But there are people that can jump better than me though like Kaeyln, but it definitely help a little bit.”

As for new faces though, Cascade got a transfer from Salem Academy in Jolinn Daviscourt, who’s defense something that Williams is excited about entering try-outs and what is to come with the team in general as the Lady Cougars wrap-up the summer volleyball season.

“She’s a great libero.  She’s going to be huge for our defense,” said Williams on Daviscourt.  “I think our defensive game is going to be a little bit better and just working on our hitting .

“I think they’re ready.  I think we’re going to be ok.  We’re going to have a lot of teachable moments, a lot of work to do,” Williams adds on the season to come.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald


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