2017 High School Volleyball Preview
By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – No matter which sport you play in at Donna High, tradition is the one word that each and every coach instills in their players heads.
Such is the case for the Donna High volleyball team as head coach Cindy Viesca reminds her girls’ that they need to carry on that rich tradition which has been built year within the program year in and year out.
“The girls set their goals each and every year with their expectations being to get in the playoffs,” said Viesca. “We strive on keeping the tradition going here at Donna High and work hard at it.”
With the 2017 season just days away, Viesca and the Bravettes are ready to hit the floor running.
The Bravettes have five returning players back and will be led by Ileane Gallegos, Nicole Rodriguez and Megan Garcia.
Garcia is the only senior on the team and will move to the Libero position in 2017.
“Megan has been on the varsity team for three years now and is our lone senior,” said Viesca. “She is going to move from a Defensive Specialist to the Libero position this year and we are going to rely on her leadership to help us.”
“Nicole and Ileane are both juniors and will play Middle Blocker and Setter respectively. This will be their second year on the varsity and both of them have made names for themselves.”
Two other girls that should contribute in a big way this year are Brianna and Bianca Quesada as both of them join the other three from last year’s squad.
“Both of these girls are twins and have hops,” said Viesca. “They played well over the summer and Brianna will play at the Outside Hitter position while Bianca will be an All-Around player.”
The rest of the team will consist of newcomers who will be playing on the varsity squad for the first time.
And while the youngsters will try to adapt to the varsity level, one of those newcomers that Viesca feels will step up her game is Chloe Molina.
“Chloe is one of the young girls we are going to take a good look at,” said Viesca. “She is moving up to the varsity from the JV Dark squad and I like what she brings to the table.”
“I really like Chloe’s blocking skills and her ability to adapt as well. She has some good size, is a coachable kid and I am curious to see what she can do. Chloe is one of our young girls that we are relying on to step up and compete well at the varsity level.”
Viesca hopes that the mixture of experience and youth on this year’s team will come together and all play for the common goal.
“I want the girls to play with confidence,” said Viesca. “I was impressed with the chemistry that they built over the summer and coming together was their common goal.”
“They want to make the playoffs and plan on not taking anyone lightly. We have some very good teams in this district and there’s no doubt the girls will be challenged on a nightly basis. Fortunately for us, we have played some of the top teams and the games were really close. If we are confident in our ability and can play together as a team, then we should be ok and hopefully can achieve our goal of getting into the postseason.”
Key Returning Players:
Ileane Gallegos (Jr.) – Setter
Nicole Rodriguez (Jr.) – Middle Blocker
Megan Garcia (Sr.) – Libero
Brianna Quesada (Jr.) – Outside Hitter
Bianca Quesada (Jr.) – All-Around Player
Players to Watch:
Chloe Molina (Soph.) – Middle Blocker
Miranda Sandoval (Jr.) – Middle Blocker
Anaisa Orozco (Jr.) – Defensive Specialist