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By Cynthia Shroyer
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

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Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets look at tough league matchups


Second year Pine Bluffs volleyball head coach Christina Nusbaum has 18 years of coaching experience, and is hoping to use that experience and that of her returning players to garner a winning 2013 season. Laura Fornstrom is also in her second year with the team as assistant coach.

The Lady Hornets went 11-16 last year, and did not move past the regional tournament. Nusbaum said her team’s weakness is its youth.

“It will take a little time to bring our team along, but our goal is to get better each day,” Nusbaum said.

The Lady Hornets lost one senior and five players to moves since last season.

“We are a very young team with half of our 17 athletes being freshmen,” Nusbaum said. “We return Andrea Baker, Dana Mullins, Brooke Darden, and Jesi Zitek as returning starters. Jesi Zitek, however, was injured during summer league play in July and has been unable to play thus far.”

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The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets opened the home season against Saratoga last week.

Nusbaum said the balance to the team’s youth are aggressive serving and net play.

Looking at the league outlook, Nusbaum said the 2A Southeast will be “tough as usual.”

“Burns returns back almost all of their team from last year and they are very scrappy and patient,” Nusbaum said. “Southeast looks to be reloading after their trip to the state tournament last year. Lingle fared well at the 1A state tournament last year and returns several starters; they look to be tough as well.”

“As I mentioned we want to get better each day and hope to be playing our best ball by tournament time,” Nusbaum said. “The girls are really working hard; Coach Fornstrom and I have been really impressed with the effort we’re seeing from them!”


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