By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – In her first three years with the volleyball program, Donna North head coach Diana Alaniz knew that there was going to be a learning curve with her team.
“We literally had to build this team from the ground up when I got here to Donna North three years ago,” said Alaniz. “From day one up until the end of last season, we have been working on getting the girls acclimated to the sport and learning how to play as a team due to the fact that they were so young.”
“Also, we worked on making them better all-around players and having them play at a competitive level as well. We have shown improvement over the years and I feel that the girls are now ready to do something really special in 2016.”
Coming into year four, Alaniz feels that her team now has the experience to not only be competitive, but to break down the door to the playoffs.
“These girls are determined to make it to the postseason this year,” said Alaniz. “We have a big group of seniors that are hungry and eager to make school history and will stop at nothing to make that happen.”
“They put in a lot of work over the summer and played in a few leagues as well. Coming into the first week of practice, I can see that fire and determination in the girls and they are really looking good.”
The Lady Chiefs bring back a wealth of talent and are led by I’Dasha Sorrell. Sorrell was the Defensive MVP in last year’s All-District selections and will be one of the driving forces behind Donna North’s success.
Also looking to make a huge impact for the Lady Chiefs is Evelyn De Leon who was a Second Team All-District selection.
Three other girls bring some valuable experience to the table as Azucena Cruz, Alexis Olivarez and Nicole Rodriguez were all Honorable Mention selections in 2015 and will help try to lead Donna North to the promise land.
If that experience can truly put it all together this year, the Lady Chiefs could very well be celebrating if they are rewarded by clinching their first ever playoff berth.