Pierce looks to be even more fierce

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The Pierce Bears will be starting their volleyball season out with some very tough away games. 

Kim Travis has been coaching for Pierce since 2010 and has a game plan. “We purposely made an extremely competitive schedule with one goal in mind… get better,” said Travis. “Wins or losses are not the purpose of this schedule. It is to make us smarter, stronger, and better.”

Not looking to rely on a couple of key players, Travis said that they have an arsenal of weapons. 

There are 10 returning players from last year’s team that ranked 23-9 overall. From those players, Abby Mendoza has been playing since the seventh grade and said she feels that this year is going to be even better than previous years. 

“I’m really excited to have this season because we’re showing a lot of potential in the preseason,” said Mendoza. “Usually it’s a little bit rocky in the beginning. And we’re not perfect – far from that – I just feel like compared to last year, we’re showing a lot more potential in the beginnings than we did last year, so I’m excited.”

Looking to improve from last year, changes to the performance this year will feature a strong offense. “We will be running a 6-2 offense this season,” Travis said. 

This strategy will mean that the team will only need to learn and practice three different rotations. It will also mean more hitters up front and a second setter on the floor. 

Starting off the first three weeks in away games against established teams will start the team off with a grueling schedule, beginning on Aug. 23 in Davis against the Blue Devils, and will continue with a several away games most days.  

Travis said she is anxious to see what her team can do. “They have good camaraderie within the team,” Travis said. Adding her role, “My goal is to have them challenge each other to reach their full potential.” ■