Baker volleyball team’s journey to state tournament starts Tuesday

Published: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 18:10 PM.

“The thing I like the most about this team this year is, offensively, we spread the ball around more than last year,” he said. “We have go-to girls, but we also have a lot of other ones (who) step up in any game. Somebody (else) will have a big game sometime, and we are not just focused on one player.

“Last year, Laurie (Steele) was our go-to girl and she was 90 percent of our offense. This year, Katie (Wickery) is a big part. But right behind Katie, you’ve got Savannah (Risen), you’ve got Hanah (Wadsworth), Jordan (Linzy) and Haley (Wagner) — you’ve got all these weapons that make us (a) much more dynamic team this year.”

What it all boils down to is Baker is playing Baker volleyball, Parks said.

“They are very confident in their ability about the things we’ve been over in practice,” she said. “We’ve practiced the things that we think will get us there (to the state finals). We haven’t tried to do a bunch of elaborate things with our offense.

“We have been very fundamental on offense and defense. We have to — I keep saying it — play Baker volleyball. We don’t want to try to get outside of what we know.”

Parks and Kerrell said the team’s hunger is fueled by coming up one match short last year.

“The one goal is to get to the state championship game, and (losing) last year just kind of fed that,” Parks said. “These girls know what it feels like to be down there, and they want that state championship. They want to be able to get back to that point.



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