Practice time has been limited for the Port Allen volleyball team, but it has not diminished head coach Wayne Conaway’s outlook for the upcoming season.
The Lady Pelicans should reap big dividends from the caliber of talent on the 2014 roster.
“We should be pretty good this fall,” said Wayne Conaway, who enters his sixth season at the helm of the program. “We’ve got a lot of talent on this team.”
Some of the talent could rank among the best in the state, he said.
Conaway anticipates a very bright future for setter Monica Gordon, one player who should make a huge impact on the 2014 squad.
“I think Monica will be the best hitter in the state,” he said. “I don’t see anyone better than her right now … I really don’t. She’s definitely capable of All-Metro and All-State honors.
“The biggest thing we have to do is get the ball to her,” Conaway said.
Rhea Lee, whose sister Rhecie was a dominant player during her days at PAHS, will also play a huge role this season.
Lee, an All-District standout last season, will serve as libero on the team.
Conaway also touted up-and-coming setter Anna Daigle, who made a lot of progress during the summer.
He said that he sees potential from two freshmen – Alyssa Williams and Kailee Saizon.
“Like their teammates, these girls are hard workers with a very good attitude,” Conaway said. “We have a lot of girls with talent, so we just need to know how to put them in the right position – and we can work on that once school starts.”
Conaway’s sixth season as head coach will tie him with Marion Abel for the longest tenure at the helm of the volleyball program. Abel coached the Lady Pelicans from 1985-91 and led several PAHS teams to post-season action.
The Lady Pelicans will host a scrimmage against Christian Life and Live Oak Aug. 19.
PAHS travels to Ascension Christian and hosts an alumni game Aug. 22.