Expertise guiding Bedford volleyball in quick begin | Sports activities
(Bedford) — A quartet of skilled seniors have guided the Bedford volleyball group to one of many extra pleasantly stunning begins in KMAland.
“They’ve simply labored their rears off and it is paying off now,” Coach Deb Bonde mentioned. “I am so proud of what I am seeing on the court docket. We’re off to an important begin and I am excited concerning the season.”
The Bulldogs are 3-1 heading into September with victories over Essex, Mount Ayr and Central Decatur underneath their belt and have climbed to No. 14 within the KMAland 1A/2A Energy Rankings.
Like all groups throughout the state, Bedford obtained a late begin with preseason actions, nevertheless, Coach Bonde feels the expertise of her group put them in an advantageous place.
“Usually we go to summer time camps,” Bonde mentioned. “This 12 months we had none of that, it was a particular benefit to us.”
The Bulldogs’ 4 senior starters — Macie Sefrit, Vivian Tracy, Darcy Davis and Kennedy Weed — have been multiyear contributors for the Bulldogs in quite a few sports activities.
The offense circles round Sefrit, who operates from the setter place. She’s at present averaging 7.7 assists per set.
“She’s simply putting the ball the place we want it and actually helps the hitters,” Bonde mentioned.
Davis and Tracy are at present averaging 2.4 and 1.7 kills per set respectively.
“Darcy’s hitting this 12 months has simply been like ‘Wow’,” Bonde mentioned. “She has simply actually exploded into an important hitter. Vivian is true behind her. Her enthusiasm shines via and you need to discover what she does.”
Whereas Davis and Tracy have continued to enhance within the roles they’ve sustained over the previous few years, Weed has made the transition to libero. The swap has been moderately easy, the place she is at present averaging 5.1 digs per set.
“She had a giant change this 12 months,” Bonde mentioned of Weed. “She’s simply performed an exquisite job again there. I can simply depend on her to all the time be there for passing and digs. She’s actually taken on that function and performed an important job.”
The senior quartet has been aided by the emergence of sophomore Emily Baker, who’s averaging 2.4 kills per set.
“She’s an influence hitter,” Bonde mentioned. “We’re persevering with to work on her high quality expertise, she will be able to simply blast that ball and that is what we want on the group. We now have some finesse hitters after which we’ve got her to energy it via. That is been nice.”
The following 4 video games will likely be a telling slate for the Bulldogs, starting Thursday towards Lamoni. Bedford may even face Lenox, Stanton and East Mills in a seven-day span. Bonde is anxious for the chance for her group to measure themselves.
“We’re going to be hitting some good competitors and I feel that is all the time a barometer of the place you are at,” Bonde mentioned. “I am anxious to play these groups. We actually simply need to play our sport, fine-tune our offense and proceed to enhance our expertise.”
The whole interview with Coach Bonde may be heard under.