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Reid expects turnaround for South Tahoe volleyball team

Jeremy Evans

When Megan Reid took over the South Tahoe volleyball program in 2007, she had only a few weeks to prepare for the season. As a result, STHS finished 4-13 and out of postseason contention for the second straight season.

Heading into this year’s campagin, the Vikings are confident things will turn around in Reid’s second season.

“This year, we look a lot better, and I think we’ll have a better start,” said Baghdikian, one of the team’s best frontcourt players. “(Coach) is working us harder this year because she wants us to be a better team, whereas last year she was taking over a whole new team and maybe didn’t work us as hard.”

South Tahoe has a formidable frontline with the 6-foot-1 Baghdikian and returning starters Rachel Kaufer and Chelsea Madsen, a versatile player who will need to assume other roles for the Vikings to be successful.

“We have more experience this year, and I think it makes it easier with coach coming back because we know what to expect,” Madsen said.

With the frontline relatively secure, the biggest question is who will replace Hillary Santana, an all-league libero who’s now playing at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Fortunately for Reid, she expects junior Kasey Roberts to serve as the team’s defensive specialist.

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“Those are big shoes to fill, but I know she can do it,” Reid said. “She’s a great passer and works really hard. Really, I think we’ve got a good headstart going as opposed to last year when we were scrambling to put things together. The players know me a little better, and I think we all feel a little more comfortable with each other.”

The Sierra League lost perennial power Reno, North Valleys and Hug to the High Desert League, with traditional powers Bishop Manogue, Fallon and Galena replacing them. And with defending state champion Damonte Ranch and always tough Douglas still in the Vikings’ division, STHS is expecting a challenge to make its return to the regional playoffs for the first time since 2005.

“It will makes us a better team because we won’t know what to expect from each team because we haven’t played the new teams,” Kaufer said. “We’ll have to come out hard every time we play. I think we have a lot of individual talent, but our main goal is for us to play really well this year.”