While it’s likely that five of the Warriors’ eight primary players will be in their second seasons, like Reinstein, there’s still reason for guarded optimism. Sophomore outside hitter Andrei Rakitin is a solid player with great technique. Reinstein brings excellent speed on defense. And Williams, a third-year setter and another captain, is a dynamic on-court leader who is developing a strong attack.
And while the experience and poise from last year’s senior-loaded roster will be difficult to replace, this spring’s team will also have some advantages.
“It’s more difficult when you’re expected to perform,” said McClung. “I think people were not satisfied with not making it to the finals last year. That’s unfortunate because it was a successful season.
“I think it’s easier for this group to feel satisfaction along the way, and I am excited about that. I was in a situation back in ’09 — we had been in the state finals in ’08, where we were expected to win, and people felt badly that we took second. But the next year we won the state championship when no one expected us to. This year, it could be a good year for us.”
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