Comets’ volleyball faces tough season

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
With only three upperclassmen, two of which did not play last season, the 2013 West Liberty volleyball team has a lot of hard work ahead of them.

"We're very young," West Liberty Head Coach Ruben Galvan said. "We have four or five sophomores at the varsity level. The difference with this team is they really enjoy the sport, and they work extremely hard."

Galvan, a long-time volleyball coach at West Liberty, is back after a year off. "The reason I left before was my job wasn't going to allow me to coach, so I had to leave," Galvan said. " I left one of the best teams we had in a long time, so it wasn't an easy decision, but you've got to do what you've got to do."

There is one senior on the team this season, Meredith Nichols, who did not play volleyball last season. The team's two juniors are Molly Kelly, last year's libero, and Kayla Kaalberg, who did not go out for volleyball last season.

The Cedar Valley Conference, which the Comets were members of for five years, is no more. The Comets are now part of the River Valley Conference. "It will (be a stronger) conference," Galvan said. "We're looking forward to the challenge. I told the kids you're no longer sophomores right now. We're not going to make that excuse all year long."

Galvan was not interested in talking about the other conference teams.

"We can't worry about what everybody else is doing," he said. "We have to worry about what we have to do, what are our strengths and weaknesses.

"The kids are working hard, and I've seen progress from the beginning of (practice). They know that West Liberty has a strong (volleyball) tradition, and they're working very hard toward (continuing) that."
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