On Wednesday afternoon inside the gym of Burroughs High School, the Lady Burros volleyball program was given a bit of a surprise towards the end of their tryout session when first-year head coach Laura Metcalf announced the official varsity roster for the upcoming fall 2018 season.
With the freshman and junior varsity rosters expected to be made official today, Burroughs announced the return of eight players from last year’s 2017 varsity squad: junior Renee Bradford, senior Paige Silong, senior Delaney Glen, junior Aileen Ponce, senior Sara Hammond, junior Caroline Pillers, junior Amelie Zubia, and senior Evelyn Rosas-Mendoza.
New additions to the varsity level for the 2018 season by coach Metcalf were Erica Arlow, Jamie Johnson, Miranda Anderson, Audrey Shull, Anastasia Ostrom, and Isabel Alvarez.
When asked what were some of the things that immediately came to Metcalf’s mind when scouting players, she put a lot of emphasis on skill set and being an outstanding teammate.
“Skill level is obviously something that we are taking into consideration, but for me, integrity and someone that is hard working is really looking for someone that is coachable,” Metcalf said on Tuesday. “Those are more important to us than skill level. Obviously, you have to have a certain level of skill to be on certain teams, but as a freshman coming into it and if we see that you’re trying to make the corrections that we want you to make, you really want to be here and encourage your teammates and things like that, that’s really huge for us.”
Burroughs will look to improve on their 16-11 record from the 2017 season, especially down the stretch of the season in Mojave River League play. The Lady Burros finished just 2-8 in league games last year, but they ended on a high note by winning their last two games against Sultana and Hesperia, respectively.