The Bearden volleyball team has opened up its 2020 season and is off to a 10-7 start.
Unlike last year where they had no seniors on the team, this year’s team has three seniors on the roster. Last year, experience was lacking for the bulldogs, but this year it is a strength for the team.
With no seniors in the class of 2020, it allowed for younger players to get valuable in-game experience.
“Senior presence brings experience and trust to the program,” Coach Erin Biddle said. “Last year, the players weren’t sure who to look to when things got tough. This year, my three seniors lead in very different ways, but when they work together, their leadership impacts the whole team.”
Bearden hosts Karns in a district match on Thursday at 6 p.m.
With a mix of experienced seniors and talented juniors and sophomores, this year’s team is set up for a successful season.
Covid-19 has created obstacles for everyone to overcome this year with masks and social distancing becoming prominent. Whether it’s wearing masks in the locker room or constant sanitizing, the team has handled all protocols well.
“Honestly, the players are awesome,” Coach Biddle said. “They do a great job keeping their masks on and keeping everything sanitized. It is very different, but I think all the girls would agree that we are just happy to be able to play/practice.“
A big win over West early in the season helped give the team confidence to carry with them throughout the season.
“The win over West was exhilarating,” Coach Biddle said. “West is always a tough game to play. I feel that beating West in 3 sets has instilled confidence and hope for a very strong season.”