Lady Tigers set to open season on Tuesday.
After winning just two varsity matches last fall, the St. James High School volleyball team has high hopes for much more success this year.
The Lady Tigers are scheduled to open their season today, hosting Salem at Donati Gym.
"We've worked a lot more on basics and fundamentals," said St. James first-year head coach Ashley Lind, a Lady Tiger assistant coach last season. "It's been hard to find the right mix, because we're throwing in some younger girls. But I think we're kind of coming together."
Senior Emma Rogers returns at setter for St. James.
Junior Meagan McEnnis, sophomore Hannah Kenney and freshman Mackenzie Guese are middle hitters.
Outside hitters are seniors Ashlynn Nelsen and Ali Kean. Guese will also play at outside hitter and Kean at rightside hitter.
Others expected to play varsity roles include senior rightside hitter Kaitlyn Marcee, senior back row hitters Madi McMillen and Savannah Bliss, junior rightside, middle and outside hitter Brittney Youngs and senior outside hitter Emily Smith.
"They've been talking and passing well," Lind said. "And I think the hitting is good; we have a couple of tall, good-looking hitters. If they talk, they'll be alright.
"And we need to play with confidence."
2013 St. James volleyball schedule:
Sept. 3...Salem, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 10...at Rolla, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 12...at Bourbon, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 21...Cuba Tourney, tba
Sept. 21...Pacific JV Tourney, tba
Sept. 23...Licking, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 24...at Owensville, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 26...Sullivan, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 30...at Dixon, 6 p.m.
Oct. 1...at Cuba, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 3...at Steelville, 6 p.m.
Oct. 5...Belle Tourney, tba
Oct. 5...Waynesville JV Tourney, tba
Oct. 8...at Union, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 10...New Haven, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 12...St. Clair Tourney, tba
Oct. 14...at Belle, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 15...at St. Clair, 5 p.m.
Oct. 17...at Pacific, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 22...Hermann, 5:30 p.m.