Season Preview 2005: Narrows League getting narrower

Another year, another strong volleyball team at Central Kitsap.

And after the departures of Lindsey Fryer, Ana Hurley, Britt Waldon, Tara Simons and Vangie Robbins, CK very well could have been weaker.

But perhaps the only surprise about this team is that CK coach Gordy Bushaw calls it one of the best he’s seen in terms of depth.

“This team is going to be as deep as any I’ve had,” Bushaw said.

The Cougars got off to a strong start on Tuesday, topping rival Olympic in three sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22.

And while it would seem like some leadership would be gone with last year’s seniors, Bushaw said several players, specifically returners Shannon Sumner and Alli Weisbarth, have filled that void.

“I think both are going to do that,” Bushaw said. “Shannon has really developed some good leadership skills. She and Alli will really contribute that way.”

CK will be looking for a few players to step up and make key contributions in various aspects of the game. Melissa Liechty and Sumner will be among those depended on for power, with Liechty leading CK with 8 kills against Oly.

“Melissa is much improved,” Bushaw said. “She’s a much better all-around player.”

Other key returners include Linzy Singleton, who nailed 6 aces in the opener, and Corinne LeTourneau.

Amongst the newcomers are some familiar names, and some that will be familiar by season’s end.

Vienna Gilman, who played for Klahowya last season, is now at CK. Also, the addition of Theresia Dever will also make CK a stronger team.

“(Theresia)’s a good outside hitter, but because we’re locked there we’re using her as a libero,” Bushaw said. “She may be the best passer and defender on the team right now as a sophomore.”

Bushaw said the team will carry four sophomore’s this season, the most he’s had on a team.

“We’re a much younger group this year,” Bushaw

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