Rams Volleyball team photo

The 2021 volleyball Rams are (from left): back row, Autumn Knox, Autum Martinez , Callie Parsons, Kaylee Graves, Reagan Pearson, Selway Shown, Camille Stewart, Brooklyn Barger, Ruth Smith, Tatiana Dominguez, Taya Pfefferkorn and Cecile Thompson; and, front row, Eden Barger, Emma Knapton, Angel Dominguez, Kadance Schilling and Ashton Mangun.

KOOSKIA — The Clearwater Valley volleyball team won two nonleague matches last fall and coach Wendy Crocker’s girls are fewer in number this year. But they’ve come into preseason practice with a different attitude and a better attitude, she said: “No attitude.”

“It’s a new year,” she said. “We’ll put one foot in front of the other and try to empower each other and build each other up and stick with our ‘one team with one dream’ and go from there.”

With strong middle Kadence Schilling, outside Ashton Mangun and off-side Eden Barger in the mix, the team is taking a step forward as senior leaders step up. Emma Knapton and Angel Dominguez have stepped up from JV as two 2021 seniors graduated out, and sophomore Brooklyn Barger is joining the rotation.

Junior Camille Stewart missed much of last year due to injury and entered practice strong this fall. “We lost both of our senior setters last year, so we’ve been feeling that out and trying to find the right person for the position and Angel is doing really well stepping into it,” Crocker said. “Ashton is, as well."

”During the off-season, CV held open gym and “tried to bond a little bit more as a team throughout the summer ,” Crocker said. “We’ve got some girls coming in who have really got some heart into it. I know that just sounds kind of cheesy to say, but they’re seniors and they have got so much heart. If all the girls had heart as big as these two girls, Emma and Angel, we could move mountains.”

CV played at the Prairie Jamboree Aug. 24, which does not count in the standings, and has a trip to Logos Aug. 26 followed by two home matches on Aug. 31 against Genesee and Troy, starting at 4 p.m.