Rogers Heritage volleyball preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES ¥ @NWATONYR Brooklynn Head (27) Rogers Heritage sophomore defends a shot from Jessie Davis (16) Springdale High junior Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 in Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale.
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Brooklynn Head (27) Rogers Heritage sophomore defends a shot from Jessie Davis (16) Springdale High junior Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 in Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale.

ROGERS — Lady War Eagles coach Lindsey Biocic may not have a very experienced team this season, but she likes their work ethic to this point.<br><br>

Biocic returns five players, who saw some action a year ago for a team that finished 2-24-3 and last in the 7A-West Conference. Junior Brooklyn Head and 5-foot-10 senior Lora Brown got front-row experience last season and should generate some offense for the Lady War Eagles.<br><br>

Seniors Alex Barto and Erika Reaser should anchor the back row, while senior Jacklyn Neff will be at the controls at the setter position. She missed much of the summer after being kicked by a horse, but Neff returned this week to play in Heritage’s benefit jamboree.<br><br>

The Lady War Eagles don’t have much size or depth in the front row, but will try to win with defense, Biocic said.<br><br>

“We don’t have that 6-foot-2 kid or those 15 kids that play club ball,” Biocic said. “But we have a lot of options in the back row and kids who are working hard to get better. We need our offense to step up and we are focusing on placing our shots.”<br><br>

“The girls have bought into trying new things and our team chemistry has been good after being a little rocky last year.”<br><br>

Sophomore Berenice Morales is another who should contribute in the back row, Biocic said.

“Erika is probably our best ball-control player,” Biocic said. “She’s a vocal leader for us. Jacklyn is another who has matured on the court from a year ago.”<br><br>

Freshman Sydney Frus is another who will be counted on to contribute in the front row, along with Brown and juniors Tayonna Wilson and  Kyndall Strickland.<br><br>

“Kyndall is steady and controlled on the court and we need that,” Biocic said. “Lora Brown has worked on her hitting technique and improved a lot over the summer. Tayonna is explosive and we’re going to rely on her for a  big block.”<br><br>

Biocic said her team has shown solid improvement since team camp in mid-summer and now has two weeks before starting conference play.  The Lady War Eagles open the season by hosting Greenwood,  who lost in the Class 6A state semifinals a year ago, on Tuesday.<br><br>

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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