Bloodhounds seek to be state bound in pivotal season
FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -
Don't look now but the Fort Madison volleyball team is on the war path. With a new head coach and a group of talented upperclassmen the Bloodhounds are more determined than ever to make a run at a state tournament appearance.
"As a senior class we've always said that when we get here it will be our goal," says senior setter Leigh Johnson.
"We will get to state when we're seniors. It will happen!"
"We've been just short of getting there the last couple of years and they would like to take that next step," said head coach Kent Bailey.
Expectations for Fort Madison couldn't have been higher heading into the 2017 season. The Bloodhounds were cracked the preseason state rankings in Class 3A and are now trying to meet some high expectations.
"There's been a little bit of pressure but not as much as people might think," says Johnson.
"I feel like we've lived up to people's expectations so far."
Fueling the Bloodhounds' drive to reach the elite eight was a demoralizing loss in the second round of the playoffs last season. But now the hounds are taking that loss and using it as motivation.
"We put in a lot of hard work over the off season. I feel like last year we felt like we could make it there," said senior middle hitter Amber Dilsaver.
"When we didn't I feel like that has pushed us to actually get it this year. We have one more shot as us six seniors."
"We wanted to go last year and it just didn't happen. This year it would just mean the world to me," says Johnson.
The Bloodhounds just wrapped up one of the toughest weekends of the year at the Quincy High Earlybird Tournament by taking fourth. Last year it was a tournament they finished in last place.
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