DAYVILLE/MONUMENT - Stepping things up a notch: That's the Tiger girls' goal on the volleyball court this year.
Dayville/Monument coach Stephanie Reed commented, "The Tigers are going to focus on working together as a whole and not let emotions get in the way of our abilities."
The team lost just two seniors from last year.
Of the team's dozen players, five are seniors: Samantha Boyer, Molly Buce, Mckenzie Lawrence, Shyanne Winters and Payton Warner.
Also on the roster are juniors Mary Cade and Bianca Thomas; sophomores Cheyenne Perkins, Jordin Cowdrey and Daryl Ann Waltenburg; and freshmen Renee Inscore and Alix Perkins.
Reed said they are looking forward to playing Prairie City in the season home opener this Friday, Sept. 10.
"We had lost our last game to Prairie City in the 2009 season and would like to redeem ourselves," she said. "We also won the Prairie City Tournament last year, and know we have the determination and drive to beat our opening opponent."
The two team captains are Winters, from Dayville, and Cade, from Monument.
According to Reed, each has her strong points.
"Winters is a strong server, an accurate setter and if given the opportunity, will deliver a mean spike to her opponents. Cade is a consistent player and always keeps the team upbeat," Reed said.
She added that Crane and Adrian are the opponents to watch out for this year.
"A win from either team would be a highlight this year," Reed said.
Also on the coaching staff is Rachel Aazzerah, who played collegiate ball, Reed said, and is a wonderful addition to the team.
"I know she will bring our girls up to the next level," Reed added.
Game time against Prairie City is 2 p.m. Friday in the Dayville gym.