[caption id="attachment_5142" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/VolleyballTeamsm.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5142 size-medium" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/VolleyballTeamsm-300x180.jpg" alt="The 2014-2015 Lady Warriors volleyball team. Front row, l-r: Tresten Taylor, Sarah Lambert, Kristen Bennett and Coach Jessica Hays. Second row, l-r: Michaela Everette, Makayla Marks and Megan Galford. Third row, l-r: Briana Mills, Kourtney Cohenour and Lylia Cottle. Not pictured, Tristin day. The Lady Warriors open their season at Richwood on September 9 at 5 p.m." width="300" height="180" \/><\/a> The 2014-2015 Lady Warriors volleyball team. Front row, l-r: Tresten Taylor, Sarah Lambert, Kristen Bennett and Coach Jessica Hays. Second row, l-r: Michaela Everette, Makayla Marks and Megan Galford. Third row, l-r: Briana Mills, Kourtney Cohenour and Lylia Cottle. Not pictured, Tristin Day. The Lady Warriors open their season at Richwood on September 9 at 5 p.m.[\/caption]\r\n<pre><\/pre>\r\nFans of Lady Warriors volleyball have four reasons to be excited as the new season begins: improved teamwork, veteran leadership, athletic ability and a new head coach. Those factors are likely to combine to make this a great volleyball season for the Lady Warriors.\r\n\r\nVeteran leadership includes seniors Tresten Taylor, Sarah Lambert, Kristen Bennett and Tristin Day.\r\n\r\nLambert, a star catcher on the school's softball team, said she plays volleyball for the friendship and the fun.\r\n\r\n\u201cI like all the friendships I make and the traveling,\u201d she said. \u201cThere's not too many new people on the team, so we have some good experience. We look a lot better this year. We have a coach who's a former player. Practices have been good - long and hard.\u201d\r\n\r\nTaylor is a four-year starter on the volleyball team.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's a lot more intense this year,\u201d she said. \u201cWe have to run this year. Last year, we didn't have to run at all. This year, we're getting a lot of hands-on experience with the ball. We're hitting the ball hard and a lot of them are going in, which is good.\u201d\r\n\r\nTaylor said team chemistry is much improved.\r\n\r\n\u201cI hope we win more games than last year,\u201d she said. \u201cWe had a lot of fights on the floor last year and we're getting along fine this year. We're getting a lot of our serves over. We're getting a lot of hits in. Our setters are improving. We taught everybody how to set this year, which is new.\u201d\r\n\r\nBennett agreed that teamwork is important for the team to be successful.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's important that we all get along, like we have, and avoid having the drama like we had last year,\u201d she said. \u201cSo far, we've been doing good. This year, I think we're going to have a good year. For the most part, we all know what we're doing and we aren't going to argue as much as we did. We'll keep the drama off the field.\u201d\r\n\r\nFreshman Briana Mills is one of the team's two newest players.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's been fun so far,\u201d she said. \u201cWe do a lot of running, but that's what you have to do to have a good team,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nThe team's overall athletic ability is unquestionable. Several cross-over athletes play volleyball, including All-State basketball player Tristin Day, standout catcher Lambert, up-and-coming basketball star Megan Galford, and Makayla Marks, a rising star in the softball outfield. Bennett stands tall and gives the team much-needed height at the net.\r\n\r\nBringing it all together is brand new Head Coach Jessica Hays. Hays played four years in high school in the Wheeling area and served as assistant coach at PCHS two years ago.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe've got a good group of girls,\u201d she said. \u201cThey know what they're doing. They don't complain and they do everything I ask of them. I'm looking forward to the season. I know we can have a winning season. I've got some good servers, some good hitters, some good setters, some good diggers - I mean, I've got the whole nine yards.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cMy seniors are my leaders and they're the ones I expect to set an example, be role models and lead us to victory,\u201d said the coach. \u201cThey're all experienced and they're all coming back.\r\n\r\n\u201cTresten is the most experienced. I'm looking for her to be our co-captain. She's an all-around player. Sarah's a wonderful setter, who will also be an all-around player. Kristen, tall girl, she's going to be our hitter. I need tall girls who can jump and block and hit and Kristen's that.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Lady Warriors open their season on September 9 at 5 p.m. at Richwood. Their first home game is on Thursday, September 11 at 6 p.m. against Bath County.