Heading into her third season as the coach for Thornton volleyball, Cayla Kapelke will direct a young team with plenty to prove. While losing eight seniors a season ago, 75 percent of the roster will …
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Heading into her third season as the coach for Thornton volleyball, Cayla Kapelke will direct a young team with plenty to prove. While losing eight seniors a season ago, 75 percent of the roster will be occupied by newcomers.
Two steady seniors in Mia Adcock and Ashley Simpson will anchor a team thriving to find pieces to round out the squad.
“They are going to be a huge part of our leadership program-wide,” Kapelke said last week in a phone interview about Adcock and Simpson. “They are very dedicated and show up to put in the hard work to set examples. Having them around is going to be big. Also, we have a couple of other girls, including Amy Garcia, who is going to be moving into the main setter position for us. In general, I’m really excited about the freshman class coming in for what they have with their natural athletic ability.”
Because of gym construction at Thornton High School, the Lady Trojans have had their offseason workouts at the Thornton Community Center. Despite the change, Kapelke wants to get back to the fundamentals of playing the game the right way, as a team.
“Even with our returners, we are going back to the basics and teaching quality sportsmanship, building a sisterhood and having self-confidence. I’m hoping we can at least do the same that we did in conference last year. A lot of the teams we play are tough competitors that have a lot of really standout athletes.”
Despite a 7-15 record a season ago, a competitive 4-6 conference record kept Thornton hanging around with solid teams throughout the year. As they play their final season in 5A (will move to 4A next season), the ladies hope to go out on a high note.
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