EDUCATION

Scots look to Robinson and Damos

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

When the Monmouth College volleyball team graduated four seniors last spring, they lost nearly 50 percent of the team's kills. So how do you replace that kind of high-caliber production from a team that placed second in the Midwest Conference last season?

"We'll need to get more production from a variety of players," said coach Kari Shimmin. "The key will be to get points from ALL our hitters, not just a few. We have quite a few options with some good players who are anxious to play. Our six seniors have been patiently waiting in the wings, and now it's their time to shine."

The six include all-conference middle hitter Samantha Robinson (Milan ,  Ill. /Rockridge), Anna Damos (North Henderson , Ill. /United), Amanda Boonstra (Fulton , Ill. /Fulton), Tanesha Hughes (Peoria , Ill. /Woodruff), Rachel Leffelman (Dixon , Ill. /Dixon) and standout libero Crystal Myers (Byron ,  Ill. /Byron). The group played behind four seniors who racked up seven all-conference awards in four years. Shimmin calls this year's seniors a "versatile" group who can help meet the team goal of producing a wide range of attackers.