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Increased turnout, talent has T’wolves ready for new season

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POSTED August 15, 2017 11:59 p.m.

It was a good summer for the Sierra volleyball program.
Unlike in years past, the Timberwolves had good turnout and in those numbers was a fair amount of talent.
“The summer went well,” Sierra coach Trinity Johnson said. “We had a good turnout, which hasn’t always happened.
“And we were really happy with the talent level we bring into this season.”
The Timberwolves welcome an increased talent level as Sierra was winless (0-14) in 2016 Valley Oak League play and managed just a 4-19 overall record.
“This year you can see that the girls want to win,” Johnson said. “They want to make a name for Sierra and change the way things have gone in the past.
“Last year left a bad taste in a lot of our players’ mouths and it made them want to come out and bring their `A’ game.”
Johnson is optimistic that the summer numbers and talent will translate into a unit with balanced load distribution, keeping the burden from having to be carried by one or two players.
“One of the things that will separate us from last year is that this year we will have a total team effort,” Johnson said. “We will not be putting all our eggs in one basket.
“We are really excited to see what this group of girls is going to do and how they are going to change the culture of the program.”
Sierra opens the season with Johansen on the road Friday, Aug. 25.

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