The Lassen Community College volleyball team recently began practicing and is
training hard for the upcoming season. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 20 — The Lassen Community College volleyball team is in its third week of practice and looking ahead to what coach Amy Williamson believes will be a highly competitive season.
With a host of new players joining the team this year, the Lady Cougars are bringing a whole new skill set to the court.
“We have the sister of our libero from last year who’s here, who’s a setter — really good player, played club for a long time,” Williamson said.
The team is also bringing on some local talent. Maddy Raschein, Klari Scheff and Mikayla Rawson are all Lassen High School alums who will be bringing their volleyball talents to Lassen College this year. Scheff joins her sister, Abbi, who is a sophomore on the team.
Another key player to look out for is Melissa Gonzalez, of Lovelock, Nevada. “(She’s) a really, really good player,” Williamson said.
While the Lady Cougars don’t have as large of a team this year, — there are 12 players, compared to last year’s 16 — the team is going for quality rather than quantity.
“The new players are helping our ball control … We’re not as big of team as last year … but our quality is way better, so we’re pretty excited,” Williamson explained.
The Lady Cougars have their first game in a little more than a week — Thursday, Aug. 28 at Consumnes River College in Sacramento. League play doesn’t begin until October.
With lots of non-league, pre-season play ahead of the team, Williamson thinks the Lady Cougars will have plenty of time to hone their skills and develop a team rhythm, which will make them a force to be reckoned with in the Golden Valley Conference.
For the complete story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 19 edition of the Lassen County Times.