High school volleyball teams don’t come much newer than the one at Eatonville.
Head coach Courtney Webb and assistant Brandi Best are in their first year guiding the Cruisers, who are competing in a new conference (the class 1A Nisqually) with players who are still relatively new – but full of promise.
“It’s a new year, with new coaches and a new league,” Webb said. “It’s a chance for us to start fresh. We are a fairly young team, but we have a lot of talent, and I expect us to be one of the stronger teams in our league.”
Student-athletes who are expected to be a key to Eatonville’s success this season include junior Lauren Pate, an outside hitter and setter who was an all-league selection last year in the 2A South Puget Sound League. Pate is a “strong all-around player,” Webb said.
Also filling prominent roles are junior Alexis Waters, described by Webb as a defensive specialist and consistent passer; senior Maddy Smith and sophomore setter Abbi Disch. consistent passer
Webb said Smith, an outside and rightside hitter, is a “powerful server and aggressive,” while Disch is “a scrappy player with nice setting hands and a good serve.”