Twenty-three year head coach Ken Thornock is in a rebuilding year with the Lincoln County High School volleyball team.
Last year the team had a solid season, going 19-13 overall and 12-4 in league play. The Lady Lynx fell to White Pine in the state semifinals. Six seniors from that team are gone, so most of the this year’s group will be new to the speed of varsity. Thornock hopes to improve the teamwork and the individual skill of the players.
“The ones that are key, and the ones that you want to be key, are the ones that are coming back,” Thornock said of his athletes. Cameron Lloyd is the only returning senior. Brooklyn Hafen and Kailey Kelly both have varsity experience. Hannah Lytle will be in the setter position. Thornock said, ‘’That is a very key position, a lot of pressure, and it’s not the easiest to play.”
He added, ‘’Ball control is the biggest thing you want to improve on. If you can’t control the ball then you don’t get to do the things you do well, and you’re always on defense’’.
A primary goal for the coach is to help the players improve, be dedicated to what they are trying to do and work hard.
“If you work hard everyday and strive to make each other better, if you do those two things, the winning takes care of itself.”
Lincoln returns to the 2A classification. In terms of tough league competition, Meadows is going to be hard to beat, as the team returned most of its players. Calvary Chapel is always a force to be reckoned with. Long-time foe White Pine has moved out of the league. Quest Academy is new to the southern league.
The Lady Lynx kick the season off this weekend at the White Pine Tournament. They spend much of September on the road, at Pahranagat Valley on the 6th, at the Boulder City Invitational on the 16th and 17th and at Adelson School on the 20th. The first home game is on Sept. 22 against Lake Mead.