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GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Back with the pack
Sierra grad looks to lead turnaround for T’wolves
Bulletin girls volleyball 2019
Becca Thomson sets the ball. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

It is makeover time at Sierra.
Two of the three levels of the girls volleyball program will have new head coaches, and they will be led by Eryn Bowers who assumes the varsity head-coaching roll after being a Timberwolves varsity assistant two years ago.
Bowers, a Sierra graduate, was an assistant across town at East Union in 2005 and head coach from 2006-2011.
“As a former player of Sierra, I had the opportunity to be coached by Tevani Liotard,” Bowers said. “Now as head coach, I get to be enriched by her as a mentor and her words of wisdom.
“We have added Kimmy Brooks as our freshman coach and return Jane Schneider as our junior varsity coach. Each of these ladies brings a wealth of knowledge and skill set to the program.  The volleyball girls and I are very thankful and lucky to have them and their drive to better the program.”
Stella Brierly and Ashlee Matteroli return to the Timberwolves with Renee Hamilton, Natalie Dias and Rebecca Thompson looking to step in and make their marks.
A senior, Brierly returns for her second year on the varsity.
“I am excited,” Brierly said. “I think this year is going to be fun.”
A junior, this will be Matteroli’s second year on the varsity as well.
“This feels good to be out here with a bunch of new players,” Matteroli said. “We have a lot of good players that didn’t come out last year.
“I am excited to play with them and see what the competition is going to be like from other schools.”
Sierra looks to bounce back from its 1-11 Valley Oak League, 5-12 overall record last year.
“We train hard, we practice hard and we play hard,” Bowers said.  “This year our goal is to play competitive and continue to develop as a team.
“Each and every athlete gives 100 percent at practice and brings high energy to the court. They are constantly pushing each other through their dedication and heart for the team and game.”
The Timberwolves open play Thursday, Aug. 22, at home against Patterson and begin VOL play Thursday, Aug 12, at Manteca.