Strott said she worried about the team’s loss of height with the graduation of BreAnna Thompson and Sarah Garner – until the 2013 team finished second at a summer tournament.
“This team has more competitiveness to them and desire to play, and it’s more vocal and evident on the floor, than last year,” Strott said.
She said she expected the Bulldogs to compensate for a reduction in height with their defensive skills.
Libero Torre Roberts joins her sister as a returning player with experience. Juniors Riesha Thompson and Ashlynne Rivers will play as outside hitters. Junior Carlie Flowers will be a middle and classmate Bre Green will be the setter. Green played back row last year and libero as a freshman.
“She has very good hands and she’s smart,” Strott said of Green.
Caitlin Tant will be the second middle. Playing as defensive specialists will be Jaylen Major, Tamia Jackson and Jakeiyah Mitchell. Keshauna Jones, Kayla Ray and Madeline Winestead will be reserves at outside hitter. Cherish Boswell is a middle. Cheyenne Law is a libero and Breanna Brazier will be a setter.
Strott said she will play a full junior varsity schedule for her younger players and also use them to provide reserve strength for the varsity, particularly in weekend tournaments.
Piedmont will follow its game at Saks with a tournament at Pleasant Valley Saturday. The Bulldogs will be in the same pool as Donoho, Cherokee County and Holy Spirit of Tuscaloosa.