Under a new regime, the Lady Pioneers have focused on strengthening their physical conditioning and mental toughness for the upcoming season.


Team: Leavenworth volleyball

Last year’s record: 11-17

Coach: Josh Padilla

Coach’s record: first year

Key returnees:
Michelle Tennant, junior outside hitter
Mahogani Gant, sophomore outside hitter
Sydney Moon, junior setter
Brittany Bosarge, junior defensive specialist

Newcomers to watch:
Micha Frasher, sophomore outside hitter
Amber Cromeenes, sophomore middle hitter
Laura Payne, junior defensive specialist

Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — Under a new regime, the Lady Pioneers have focused on strengthening their physical conditioning and mental toughness for the upcoming season.

WEAKNESSES —  With juniors and sophomores dotting its lineup, Leavenworth will lack varsity experience within its ranks. Thus, depth will be a test throughout the year.

Coach says: “I believe we are going to surprise a lot of teams in our conference. This is definitely not the same Pioneers the Sunflower League saw last season. Ball control and control of game tempo have been a large part of our focus for the offseason. In addition, the girls have worked very hard in improving their physical attributes and volleyball IQ; all of which translates into increased levels of performance on the volleyball court.”