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.
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.
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."
Wildcats at a Glance
2017 Coaches Poll: 4th North
2016 overall record: 17-14
2016 GLIAC record: 8-9 (t5th North, t10th Overall)