ELYRIA — A young and inexperienced Elyria Christian School volleyball team struggled to five wins last season. The Eagles are a bit more proven this year, and hope to be more competitive against their schedule this season.

“Although we will still be a pretty young team, the experience that our sophomore girls had last year will only make them better,” head coach Jayme Gardner said. “We have some good freshmen coming up as well that could see quite a bit of varsity time.”

The Eagles must replace libero Brekken Anderson, but do return the remaining five starters from last year. Setter Katelyn Huddle is the team’s only senior, and Gardner knows that Huddle will be a vital part of the team’s flow.

“Having a senior setter will benefit us tremendously this year,” Gardner said. “Our hitters will be able to see consistent sets all year and be able to learn quickly because of it.”

The Eagles also return sophomore middle hitter Kylee Penner, junior outside hitter Merrick Robertson, sophomore middle hitter Kilynn Starburg, and sophomore outside hitter Lauren Aden. Additionally, Gardner lists freshman outside hitter Ryland Hawkinson as someone to keep an eye out for.