FAIRBANKS-Head Coach Dave Cox and his Wolfpack Volleyball team are back in the gym for the 2014 season. Last year the Pack won their six straight MAC title and 5 straight regional title before finishing 7th in the state tournament.
"We had a pretty solid team, strong rotation with hitters in all positions. I think we aren't quite as strong in that respect this year but I'm hoping-I'm moving some people around a little bit and I'm hoping to fill those gaps. Once we do we'll be just as tough," Cox said.
The Wolfpack have seven seniors to lead a solid returning core group. Coach Cox sees his team's ability to scramble as their best weapon right now. Senior setter Melissa Spaulding thinks West Valley's passing will so be key.
"I think we've doing good with practices and stuff but I feel like, we just need to like try to make it up to like the standards that we had last year. Because we lost like six really good seniors and they helped us out a lot so it's going to be tough to kind of like get back in the groove without those six," Spaulding said. "But I think we'll fine this year with the people we have."
Their first game is this Saturday in Boileau Hall. They face the defending Aurora Conference Champion Monroe Rams. Senior outside hitter Jessica Rice feels her team won't sleep on them this season.
"Monroe has always been a big competitor of ours we've come into this season always playing them first. We've come into it thinking that it's an easy game. I don't know why but that's always like the attitude we've come on to," Rice said.
"The past year's they've always won or like it's been a super tough game. So this year I want to just come in full throttle like and really impress them with what we have because I think we can do it."