Wildcat Volleyball Looking to Compete at a High Level

Wildcat Volleyball Looking to Compete at a High Level

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Wildcat Volleyball is looking to start strong as they begin their 2017 fall campaign under new leadership. 

Head coach Mike Lozier will look to lead the Wildcats to success on the court with the help of three senior leaders. Seniors Jami Hogeboom, Madison Whitehead and Kayla Chosa all return to the Wildcats after significant time and performances in their first three Wildcat seasons. Whitehead was an all-GLIAC second team selection in 2016 as she led the Wildcats in kills per set (3.14) and hitting percentage (.313). Whitehead enters the 2017 season just three kills away from hitting the 1,000 career kill mark. Chosa led the team in blocks (110, 22 solo and 88 assists) , was second on the team with kills per set (2.43) and had a .265 hitting percentage. Running the Wildcat offense Hogeboom finished the 2016 season with 1242 assists, averaging 10.18 per game.

"Jami Hogeboom, Madison Whitehead, and Kayla Chosa have all proven to be valuable assets on the floor, and the expectation is that they will continue to do so in 2017," said Lozier. "Jami is a great setter, Madison is a dynamic offensive weapon, and Kayla is a dominant player and we will look for them to lead on the court as so."

Hogeboom will have more freedom in the 2017 season as Lozier plans to have the senior setter run the offense on the court rather than having it run from the sideline as it had in recent years.  The coaches will give the student-athletes information during the week with options for potentially exploiting their opponents and then the team will have ownership on game day. Additionally, the Wildcats are looking to have a more balanced attack that will allow the offense to flourish.

"Offensively we will be giving the team freedom, they will be in control," said Lozier.  "The offense will be run through the setter rather than the sideline."

On the defensive side of things the Wildcat have two main goals; put up a solid block and serve receive consistently. 

"Our team has shown me that they are scrappy so we will look to add some structure with a solid block and the defense will be better," Lozier added. "When we came in we immediately started to work on our serve receive and we will continue to develop there."

 The Wildcat lineup will feature some new faces with the addition of Kaila Mathews as a defensive specialist along with Hailey Wickstrom, Sarah Kuehn, and Leticia Antunes as rightside, middle, and outside hitters. With the addition of new four players to the roster Coach Lozier believes that this team will be poised to compete at a high level in the always difficult GLIAC.
"Hailey, Sarah, Kaila and Leticia all bring valuable experience into the locker room. I am extremely excited to start working with them in the gym, and look forward to seeing them push the rest of the girls every day."
As the team gears up for 2017 there is a great deal of anticipation for what Wildcat Volleyball will bring to the court.  Their overall goal is to compete each day, and work towards improving with every rep. "These girls know what is required to compete and win in this league, and we have the talent to do that.  There is an expectation by our coaching staff that these girls will give everything they have whether in practice, or a match." Coach Lozier said.

Wildcats at a Glance

2017 Coaches Poll: 4th North

2016 overall record: 17-14

2016 GLIAC record: 8-9 (t5th  North, t10th  Overall)

Top returners: Kayla Chosa, Jami Hogeboom, Madison Whitehead