A plethora of changes at the top of the ladder in the Silver Creek volleyball program in 2019 has finally been smoothed out, and the Raptors will be guided this year by new head coach John Miller.
One thing the team hopes will not change whatsoever is the play and production from Raptors senior Caitlin Volkmann.
As a junior, Volkmann led the Raptors with 552 kills, 52 blocks and 229 digs. Her kill total for the season was the most by any player in the state and she will return as the top attacker in Colorado for the 2019 season.
“I didn’t know I was going to have such a strong season,” Volkmann admits. “It just kind of ended up that way from the support I had. Our defense was strong enough to get a good pass to our setter to get a good set outside. After that, it just all rolled. We had a good flow.”
Not only does Volkmann come back as one of the top hitters in Colorado, but she returns as a bigger leader for the Raptors as well.
“It’s definitely reminded me that I am one of the bigger players, so I need to be a leader,” Volkmann said. “I’ve really taken over the leadership role and have tried to help the younger players in our program. Personally, it has helped me to have more confidence.”
Her leadership will be put to the test early as Silver Creek is trying to catch up due to a late coaching change. The team did not get to work out regularly during the summer, so tryouts the first official week of practice served as a starting point for the team. Two weeks later, they open the season versus another state qualifier from last year in Berthoud before a number of games in the strong Northern League.
“We’re off to a good start,” Volkmann said. “We’re still trying to figure out each other and the team since we didn’t practice all summer. We do have a lot of young players that were all-conference as freshmen and sophomores coming back.”
Things look good to the senior leader so far in the preseason and give her belief that the team will be just as good this season, and if injuries don’t creep in, they might be able to go further in the postseason.
“We’re going to be pretty strong again,” Volkmann said. “We want to make it to that (final) Saturday at state.”