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Indians volleyball focusing on fundamentals
Following a disappointing sixth-place finish last year, the Renton High School girls volleyball team is putting a new focus on the fundamentals this season under new coach Breanne Robirds.
Robirds is moving up to coach the varsity team after coaching the junior varsity last season.
According to the new coach, the team lost two standouts to graduation last year in All League players Jazzlynn Joshua and Hannah Franceschina, but she expects several “solid players” to step up and fill their shoes.
Senior Richiel Santa Maria and sophomore Emily Lincoln are two to watch, for example. Robirds said both players have varsity experience and showed up to the pre-season working hard and looking to improve.
Robirds said Santa Maria is a solid middle blocker while Lincoln will transition from a middle blocker to an outside hitter to “really make use of her solid hitting.”
Robirds said the main focus this year is “focusing on our basic skill work.”
“We want to make the little details perfect so that the overall game becomes a little bit easier for us,” Robirds said in an email.
The Renton volleyball season opens Sept. 10 at Federal Way. The home opener is Sept. 12 against Tyee.