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Setters got a lot of work in at Salem's practice Monday afternoon.

The Lady Cats work on hitting in the second half of Monday's practice.

Salem Volleyball Confident Ahead of 2013

The Salem Lady Wildcat Volleyball team is preparing for the upcoming

season with experience and expectations for the 2013 campaign.

The

Lady Cats spent a portion of the summer competing both at home and in

tournaments elsewhere, including a trip to Branson, MO where Salem

finished 7-3.

Salem graduated two seniors in the Spring, but

brings back a senior-heavy varsity squad. Eight seniors make up the Lady

Cats team along with three juniors and a sophomore. Coach Sherry Cook

believes the experienced core will lead to a successful season.

"Both

setters, hitter, back row; so there's a lot of experience there. So

there's no excuses, they can't say they're young anymore."

Cook

feels this group of seniors is aware of their capabilities on the court

and has a handle on their expectations heading into the season.

"I

know that they play with a lot more confidence already in what they can

do. And they're more comfortable with each other. They decided that

they're not too bad of a team and that they can have success. They want

to win some games this year."

As always, the Apollo Conference

will mean tough competition for Salem. Cook expects last year's

conference winners, the Mattoon Green Wave, to be in the thick of it for

back-to-back titles.

"It's always tough in the Apollo, and I

know there are some coaching changes, so that will make it tough.

Mattoon came in and won the conference last year and they only lost one

player, so they're probably the team to beat in the conference. And then

Effingham is always tough."

Salem's first challenge of the season is a home game with Teutopolis on Thursday, August 29.

Check out all of the pictures from Monday's practice here.

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