East has young team in volleyball

LEAVITTSBURG — Changing things can sometimes provide interesting results.

LaBrae volleyball coach Courtney Kish decided to change up where some of her players normally play to see what the end result would be.

Nothing crazy ensued, just what’s been the norm for the Vikings volleyball team as they completed a three-set sweep (25-14, 25-11, 25-15) of the East Golden Bears Wednesday night.

“I put some girls in different positions tonight to see how things went,” Kish said. “It gave them different opportunities. I’m proud of my girls for being versatile and playing positions they’re not used to.”

The usual suspects still led the way for LaBrae (10-3) as Tiana Drake finished with 15 kills and 10 aces. Ashley Monroe had 24 assists and five aces.

East struggled with some slow starts falling behind as much as 13 at one point and had to constantly climb uphill to try and get back into it.

“We always start off so sluggish,” East coach LaWanna Sims said. “We work so hard to come back. I’m trying to get them out of that. We need to keep fighting. We mess up and blame ourselves.”

The Golden Bears (2-6) were without the services of a pair of starters and are working with a young team featuring just three seniors and a steady dose of underclassman.

“We’re young,” Sims said. “They’re doing better, but they get confused when I have a changeup. When I have a changeup, they’re like, ‘Where are we at?’ It’s just trying to get them to compete. They need to believe in themselves and keep fighting. They have to stop getting down on themselves and just have fun out there.”

“I think I have a great group of girls,” Kish said. “We tried to focus a lot in August on team chemistry and bonding. I think that does play out. I think a lot of them do choose to hang out and do things outside of volleyball.”