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dur­ing tour­na­ments. This year, the men­tal­ity was much dif­fer­ent.

“The high­light of the sea­son was never be­ing the first team out of any tour­na­ment,” Briggs said. “We were able to stay and play at least un­til the next round. It feels good not to be the first team go­ing home.”

New­comer Leah An­der­son and se­nior Malaceo Ivey an­chored a young team that knew very lit­tle about team volleyball in Au­gust.

An­der­son played es­pe­cially well through­out the sea­son and set­ter Ashley Ja­cob­son had a solid ju­nior year.

“Ev­ery girl on my team stepped up at one point or an­other to help the team and each of them im­proved,” Briggs said. “Lacey [Ivey] was ded­i­cated to her po­si­tion and im­prov­ing her block­ing and kills. Leah [An­der­son], a first-year player, learned quickly enough to be a top player on the team. Ashley [Ja­cob­son] took on a new po­si­tion for her, as our set­ter. She learned that po­si­tion quickly and be­came a team leader.”

At points dur­ing the sea­son, the Lady Tigers had a hard time han­dling serve-re­ceive and sid- ing out against a tough server.

De­fen­sively, Al­covy made strides from a year ago, but Briggs knows she needs to ad­dress those ar­eas dur­ing the off­sea­son.

“Next year we must im­prove our de­fense,” she said. “We have to pass the ball bet­ter and not give any­thing away. I want to see a change in our men­tal­ity. Never give up and fight.”

One area the Lady Tigers ex­celled was from the ser­vice line. Ivey, Ja­cob­son and An­der­son all served over 80 per­cent.

“Our serv­ing is pretty good,” Briggs said. “It is mostly pass­ing I’m wor­ried about. From there we can move on to at­tack­ing.”

Al­covy re­turns sev­eral play­ers next year and the fu­ture, at least im­me­di­ately, looks bright. Ja­cob­son, An­der­son and Holly Oakes will play key roles and one year of off­sea­son volleyball will help.

Ja­cob­son’s younger sis­ter Brit- tany has tremendous po­ten­tial and will get a shot to start at the var­sity level, and Ashley Grant, per­haps the purist ath­lete on the team, will ben­e­fit from an­other off­sea­son.

“If the girls work hard in the sum­mer, I think I will have a group that is se­ri­ous about volleyball,” Briggs said. “I think they want to win and want to im­prove not only as in­di­vid­u­als, but as a team. I feel that we have a great deal of po­ten­tial for 2009-10.”

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