There were some big changes with the SVTC volleyball team this year. Sangamon Valley High School is very pleased to welcome Coach Abby Hunt and Coach Alexa Jones to our school.
While talking with seniors Olyvia Benton and Piper Hill, they both agreed that having new coaches was a big change, especially after having a set routine for the last three years. In the interview, Piper Hill told us: “It isn’t just the coaches that changed. We have new drills, and a completely different line up than last year. Some are playing different positions as well.”
Other than all the new changes, Coach Hunt says “Practices are going very well. We have our days when you can tell the girls are ready to get a game under their belt and I get that. Practices can get ugly at times, but in the beginning of the season, I think that’s a good sign that we’re just ready to play.”
Coach Hunt and Coach Jones may be new to our school, but they’re not new to coaching. As I interviewed Coach Jones, she told us, “I played four years of varsity at Argenta-Oreana, and during my years as an upper classman, I also helped our head coach with the junior high team. I also played club, which was a great experience. I have one season of coaching at Argenta-Oreana Middle School under my belt. We went 14-9 during the season I coached at A-O. I had a great group of girls and they made me excited to coach at every practice and game. I’m excited to be coaching the JV team and I think we will see a lot of success this season. The girls are working hard in practice and they have all improved. In addition to coaching JV, I will also be taking over the middle school program as the head coach, which will start in December.”
When continuing the interview with Coach Hunt, we learned that Coach Hunt had a lot of coaching experience. Coach Hunt said: “I started coaching back in 2010 as a club coach and coached club until 2012. I coached for the Capital City Area club out of Lincoln Land as one of the HS coaches. We coached school teams, so I had the Carlinville/Raymond girls. Then in 2012, I coached the Tri-City JH team. Those girls would have been the graduating class of 2016, 2017 & 2019. I then took a couple of years off to finish out school in Macomb. In 2015 and 2016 I was a volunteer assistant for Tri-City’s JH team. In 2017, I came on as the head coach for the JH and still am!”
The new volleyball coaches have some big shoes to fill, but they are optimistic and excited to rebuild the program. They have a goal to create a volleyball culture at SVHS, and those of us in The Bolt staff are sure that they will achieve their goals. We are excited to see the success of both the JV and Varsity volleyball teams this season.
Editor's note: Interviews took place before the first game. JV won against Morrisonville in 3 and Varsity lost in 2.
Article by Lexi Lowe
Lexi is a senior at SVHS and a member of Publications club.