University School of Jackson and Hardin County play in two different divisions in volleyball, but both teams enter the 2015 season looking a lot alike.
USJ, which plays in Division II-A, and Hardin County, which plays in District 13-AAA, graduated large cores of last year’s starting lineups.
The Lady Bruins graduated four of six starters, which included The Jackson Sun’s 2014 Volleyball Hitter of the Year Sara Glassman, from a team that reached the sub-state round of the postseason before losing to Knoxville Webb.
USJ will look to its sophomore and junior class as the leaders heading into this season.
Junior Josie Seals came on as last year went on at outside hitter, and she can expect to be set more this season. Fellow junior Taylor Tenpenny will take up some of the setting duties this year as she tries to replace Paige Sheffield.
Sophomores Caitlyn Brown and Camryn Coley will also be key with their play on the front line.
The Lady Bruins play in a tough district with teams like St. George’s, Harding Academy and Evangelical Christian School, but they hope to compete well in the region tournament.
Hardin County reached the region tournament last year for the first time since 2003.
But the Lady Tigers lost five of their six starters to graduation.
Hardin County has another large group of seniors coming, and the team will rely on those players to keep the team going early in the season as the younger players learn their roles.
Players like Katy Carroll Nix, Katie Beth Tennison and Geneva Shannon have worked in the offseason to get better, and they will be ready to be leaders on the court.
The Lady Tigers play in a tough District 13-AAA with teams like Munford and Brighton, who are always near the top, and Dyer County, which is a quickly improving team.
Michael Odom, 425-9754