With just two players back from last year’s squad, the team is loaded with potential but not much volleyball experience. Getting a grip on basics – such as serving, receiving and setting – has been the focus of early season practices.
“We’re doing the best we can,” said Ahfachkee coach Dessie Thomas. “I’d like for them to learn the techniques and fundamentals. Once they get that, everything else will be smooth sailing.”
Victories might be tough to attain this season considering most of the players are middle school students and their opponents are more experienced high school players. Ahfachkee lost its first two matches against Everglades City and Moore Haven. The team was scheduled to host Moore Haven Sept. 29 before finishing its regular season at home against Seacrest Country Day Oct. 8 and at Marco Island Academy Oct. 9.
Everglades City will host the Class 2A-District 10 match Oct. 21 and Oct. 23.
Ahfachkee roster: Chelsey Alvarado, Carlee Billie, Thomlynn Billie, Nashoba Gonzalez, Leilani Gopher, Janessa Jones, Liberty Robbins, Mazzy Robbins and Thoya Robbins. There is no middle school team this season.