Lady Tigers open season Monday by hosting Steelville.

After recording just one victory last season, first-year head coach Julie Guese is looking for improvement from the St. James High School volleyball team in 2014.

The Lady Tigers are scheduled to open their season on Monday, hosting Steelville (5:30 p.m.).

For the rebuilding project Guese, who was an assistant coach for the team last season, has two starters and three varsity lettermen returning.

“They’ve been working their tails off,” Guese said. “They came in with a good attitude and work hard.

“At the jamboree it was kind of an eye-opener for some of them, learning to play at the varsity level.”

Starters back for the Lady Tigers include senior Britney Youngs and junior Hannah Keeney.

Sophomores Lexie Huerta and Mackenzie Guese are the team setters. Kenney and M. Guese will serve as middle hitters.

Youngs is an outside hitter as well as a defensive specialist for the squad while sophomore Isabella Riccetti is also an outside hitter.

Coming back from shoulder surgery is senior Shea Dillon is at right-side hitter. Freshman Mackenzie Rodgers is another right-side hitter.

Others expecting to make varsity contributions include senior defensive specialist Jessie Lloyd, sophomore defensive specialist/hitter Sarah Walls and sophomore defensive specialist/hitter Jesseca Medlock.

“I’m looking for some good blocking this year,” Coach Guese said. “Our middle hitters can really get over the net. Isabella and Britney are looking strong on outside hitting as well.”

St. James 2014 volleyball schedule:
Aug. 25...Steelville, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. Salem, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 2...Rolla, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 4...Bourbon, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 13...Pacific JV Tourney, tba
Sept. 13...Cuba Tourney, tba
Sept. Licking, 6 p.m.
Sept. 16...Owensville, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. Sullivan, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 20...Union JV Tourney, tba
Sept. 22...Dixon, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 23...Cuba, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 27...Waynesville JV Tourney, tba
Sept. 30...Union, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. New Haven, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 4...St. Clair Tourney, tba
Oct. 6...Belle, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 7...St. Clair, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 9...Pacific, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 11...Linn Tourney, tba
Oct. Hermann, 5:30 p.m.