TOPEKA (KSNT) – For the Hayden volleyball team, this year’s all about getting back to that stage.
“There’s always pressure,” said Carrie Schmidt, Hayden volleyball head coach. “I feel like that’s a good pressure. I mean you want to be on top, you want to be who everybody is trying to knock off. So we just have to make sure we work hard and rise to the occasion.”
The Wildcats are the defending Class 4A-II defending state champions.
However, his year’s task of returning to the title game poses a good challenge, as the Wildcats graduated a talented senior class, but that won’t discourage the team.
“We’re looking pretty good,” said Amanda Desch, Hayden junior. “We had a lot of good talent last year, but we have good talent coming up this year so I’m excited to see what we can do.”
With a younger squad, the team looks forward to the big challenge of two straight state titles.
“It gives us a little bit of pressure,” said Brooklyn Hunter, Hayden sophomore. “It shows us that we definitely have a chance this year to do well and I think our team is going to be really good.”
Hayden opens up their season on September 2nd at Topeka High.