Andy Edgren’s veteran Hammond volleyball team is looking to up the stakes this season after finishing 15-5 and advancing to the semifinals of the SCISA state tournament last season.
The Skyhawks are looking to challenge Cardinal Newman for the Region 1-3A championship after going 8-2 and finishing second behind the Cardinals a year ago. Making an even stronger playoff run is another top priority.
Senior setter Kaki Smith and senior middle hitter Elaine Epting are the team leaders. Both were all-region selections last season, and have bee varsity players since the eighth grade.
Junior right side hitter Carolina Hudon and sophomore outside hitters Bailey Dukes and Mary Ashley Reeves are the other returning starters.
Sophomore Libero Kiley Lawrence, junior middle hitter Emily Bakhaus and sophomore middle hitter Hannah Alexander are promising newcomers in the regular rotation.