Gwen Grant, head volleyball coach at Hopi High, is looking forward to this year's volleyball season.
Grant only has four returning starters: Annalese Nasafotie, Kelly Keith, Marlinda Dewakuku and Ivy Honie.
There are two returning seniors this season: Annalese Nasafotie and Ivy Honie. Nasafotie is also their team leader.
So far, Grant has 12 girls out for volleyball. They are: Alayna Koruh, NIcole Cepai, Trinette Qotswisiwma, Stephanelle Mutz, Tate Jenson, Jasmine James, Jamie James, Chantell Benally, Jasmine Poola, Alyssa Begay, Ivy Honie and Annalese Nansafotie.
Grant expects the team to get better. She also expects them to develop more as a team in order to move forward. "I think we can do well," Grant said, "because we played most of the 2A teams before and we have the athleticism and attitude."
At the end of last year, Grant lost seven players to graduation. They were Kristie Timms, Marleita Burbank, Rihanna Tootsie, Verna Thompson, Sarah Duwyenie, Marissa Numkena and Lauren Lomatska.
Grant said she enjoys coaching this sport because it's more relaxed and isn't as demanding as basketball. She also said the girls make it fun.
Grant said they didn't prepare during the off-season for this season. She said the girls were involved in other summer programs.
She said she held an open gym two weeks before school started, but not many girls attended.
Samantha Clah writes for Hopi High's award winning Bruin Times.